Transportation Options for Off-Campus Service-Learning Experiences
Walking and Biking
Walking or biking to service commitments can be a great option for those who are able and comfortable doing so. LimeBike & Spin are the current bike sharing options available for Duke students. Learn more about the Durham Bike-Share Program.
The Bull City Connector, runs between Duke hospital and downtown Durham. If your community partners aren’t along the Connector’s route, they are probably accessible via public transportation—you can find out using the “trip planner” at www.gotriangle.org. Duke Parking and Transportation Services provides a free Triangle Transit “GoPass” to all students and eligible faculty and staff. The GoPass allows unlimited rides on DATA, Triangle Transit, Capital Area Transit (Raleigh) and C-Tran (Cary) routes. The Robertson Express Bus (RSX) operates when classes are in session at Duke and UNC.
If you have access to a car and choose to drive or carpool to your service-learning placement, be aware that neither employees nor students are covered by the University’s auto liability insurance while operating their own vehicles. In case of an accident, your personal automobile liability and physical damage insurance would be the primary coverage, and this could impact your insurance rates.
Enterprise CarShare provides Duke students, faculty and staff with a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around – whether traveling to a service-learning placement, running errands, or taking a road trip. Vehicles are parked in several locations around campus, and are reserved online. Rates range from $9-11/hour or $66-72/day, and include fuel, insurance, and 200 miles. There is a small membership fee.
Additional Notes for Faculty: Transportation Options for Special Trips
Note: The University Safety Office and the Corporate Risk Management Office do not endorse or advocate employees using private vehicles while conducting University business, and it is important that all employees and students realize the risk involved.
Risks: Neither employees nor students are covered by the University’s auto liability insurance while operating their own vehicles. In case of an accident, the employee or student’s personal automobile liability and physical damage insurance is the primary coverage. Accidents while conducting University business (including service-learning activities) can impact the employee or student’s insurance rates. Please be aware that “caravanning,” in which several cars attempt to follow a lead car, has been associated with increased risk of accidents.
The following options may be available for a fee. You would need to arrange to cover the cost from departmental or grant funds.
If your department owns or leases a vehicle, you might ask whether it could be used for service-learning activities.
Drivers of departmental vehicles are required to attend a vehicle safety training class. Your department may have a trained driver that you can utilize, or you (or a student) may be able to complete this training yourself if arrangements are made far enough in advance.
Duke has an agreement with Enterprise Car Rental, including liability coverage. The university strongly suggests that drivers of 15-passenger vans undergo on-site training offered quarterly by Parking and Transportation Services. Classes are scheduled quarterly. Classes are held at 10:00 a.m. at 712 Wilkerson Avenue, the Duke Transit building, and spaces are limited. Drivers must be 21 and older and have 3 years of driving experience.
You might consider the Charter Bus Service option for occasional large-group trips if you are uncomfortable transporting students yourself or driving a large vehicle. Duke Transportation offers charter bus services, as do a variety of private charter vehicle services. Charlene’s Safe Ride has been a frequent provider for Duke, but you might also check with a local hotel to see what services they currently recommend.