Transit systems can have significant impacts on limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation system. Literature estimates that one bus on the road saves an average of five cars from the road, and a full bus can counteract the effects of 50 or more cars. Clemson University Parking and Transportation Services has made efforts by partnering with local transit agencies in order to minimize these greenhouse gas emissions.
The Clemson Area Transit (CAT) public bus system is a fare-free service that operates throughout Clemson, Pendleton, Seneca and Central, contributing greatly to the sustainability of Clemson University and its surrounding areas. The CAT Buses transport about one and a half million passengers per year, reducing the overall greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation by approximately seven percent. Additionally, the Green Route is now operated by Tiger Transit, which offers smaller, more fuel-efficient buses than previously used by Clemson Area Transit. The CAT Bus headquarters, located minutes from campus, is a state-of-the-art building that includes photovoltaic cells that save the building from drawing power from the grid. These solar panels limit carbon emissions to the equivalent of 5 cars per year, 89 barrels of oil per year, or 85 acres of pine forest, and generate $8,000 in energy money yearly. The facility also utilizes natural light, sensor-lights and electric vehicle parking.
Clemson University Parking and Transportation Services has recently partnered with Greenville's public bus system, Greenlink, to offer free rides for students, faculty and staff to Clemson's Greenville locations. Tiger Commute offers transportation from Clemson to Greenville, and Tiger Connect connects the various Clemson Greenville facilities. These buses also have the capability to limit the number of cars on the road and for much farther distances than the CAT Buses. Parking and Transportation also offers shuttles to the Advanced Materials Center in Anderson, as well as holiday shuttles to the Charlotte-Douglas Airport and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, limiting the use of cars and the cost of parking for students.
Please visit the Parking and Transportation Services website to learn more about the transit options at Clemson and for CAT Bus Sustainability efforts. Download the my.Clemson app for real-time route updates.