Free shuttles, vans, and Lyfts for Johns Hopkins students

With warmer weather on the way, students will want to get out and explore the neighborhoods around their campuses. It’s a great time to remind your student about the Blue Jay Shuttle, the university’s free system of vans and buses. A J-Card is all that’s required to ride the shuttles, which operate nearly 24 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to 3:45 a.m. They allow your Blue Jay to easily and safely travel around the Homewood campus and its surrounding neighborhoods or to other Hopkins campuses.

To get started, students should download the free Transloc app for routes and schedules and see where shuttles are in real-time. During the day, Hopkins vans and buses travel along selected routes, including Homewood to Peabody to the Johns Hopkins medical campus and routes to the university’s administrative locations, Carey Business School, and the Remington neighborhood.

After 5:30 p.m., Blue Jay shuttles depart from Brody Learning Commons every 10 minutes. Also after 5:30 p.m., students can use the TransLoc app to request a Night Ride van for on-demand, curb-to-curb service anywhere in the service area. On busy nights, the university supplements its Night Rides with free rides from Lyft.

Students traveling beyond the Hopkins service area have several options. The Baltimore Collegetown Shuttle is a free service among several colleges in the area that also goes to Penn Station and various shopping malls and plazas. The university rents “HopVans” to student groups and departments while ZipCars are available on campus. Baltimore City also offers public transportation, including the free Charm City Circulator bus to downtown. Campus Safety and Security provides walking and vehicle escorts for those who are in need. To request an escort, call 410-516-4600 or use the LiveSafe app.

For more information, visit the JHU Transportation Services website or call 410-516-8700