Motor vehicles represent the largest single source of atmospheric pollution including nitrogen oxides (a precursor of smog), benzene (a carcinogen), other volatile organic compounds (some of which are hazardous and precursors of smog), particulate matter (a trigger of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and symptoms), carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas and contributor to global climate change), and carbon monoxide (contributes to the development of atherosclerosis). By reducing emissions, alternative transportation strategies contribute to healthier air quality, benefiting the health of the building occupants and the surrounding community. Furthermore, the physical exercise involved in the most commonly practiced forms of alternative transportation (public transportation, walking and cycling) promote cardiac, respiratory and muscular health.
The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences provides many commuting, parking and public transportation programs to minimize the amount of motor vehicles on campus, including:
- Bike racks for staff in various areas
- A carpool/vanpool program with reduced parking rates
- Free local transit via our UChicago shuttle system
- Chicago Transit Authority 170, 192 Express Bus, which connects to the Metra Rail System
Vehicle Charging Stations
In May of 2014 vehicle electrical charging stations were installed in both the Drexel and Maryland Avenue Parking Garages.
- Drexel Garage - 2 stations are located on the first floor inside the "Authorized Parking Only" area off 61st street.
- Maryland Garage (A) 2- stations are located on the first floor West side (Cottage Grove Avenue) near the Employee exit gate.
Additionally, employees who must drive have a financial incentive to carpool and can receive reduced parking rates.
For additional information contact Public Safety or visit the University of Chicago Medicine’s Intranet for various transportation services.
Request a Service
Our Operations teams ensure the safety, sustainability and efficiency of all our hospitals and facilities that we manage. Click on the links below to request a service or to learn more about Facilities Planning, Design and Construction.