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According to the EPA, transportation accounted for 29% of the total US greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, second to the electricity sector. Knox is doing its part to reduce the dependence on single occupancy vehicles by promoting the following alternative transportation options.
Bicycling is a great way to get exercise, make friends, and have fun - all while reducing your environmental impact and saving money. Knox College encourages students to bring bikes to campus and supports bicycling by providing ample parking, secure storage over breaks, free bike registration, short- and long-term bike loan programs, and a full-service on-campus bike shop! Learn more on our Bikes at Knox page.
Knox College supports and encourages ride sharing and car pooling by hosting an online discussion forum allowing members of the Knox community to post and respond to ride share requests. You can also subscribe to the forum to be alerted when new requests or offers are posted. This forum can facilitate students giving each other rides to the grocery store, to events in nearby cities, or home for breaks. It can also help faculty and staff find resources for carpooling and ride-sharing for those who commute to campus. There is also a Facebook group dedicated to rideshare for Knox students. Ride sharing helps save in driving costs and reducing emissions while building community.
Knox IDs are also a free bus pass! Knox students, faculty, and staff can ride Galesburg Transit for free by showing their Knox ID upon entering the bus.
The local public transportation bus service, operates Monday-Friday. Four bus routes serve many areas of Galesburg and all routes pass by the Knox College campus. See the City's website for more information on schedules.
The on-campus car share program is currently under review. We anticipate having vehicles again in late 2021.
For a small fee, Knox College offers shuttle service at the beginning and end of each term for students flying into or out of Quad City International Airport in Moline, Illinois, or Greater Peoria Regional Airport. Ride sharing reduces the number of individual trips and decreases the College's carbon footprint.
Two electric vehicle charging stations are available for guests of the college. In addition, the Facilities department maintains a number of biodiesel-powered vehicles in the maintenance fleet.
Galesburg is a historic railroad town, fortunate to have Amtrak service eight times per day (four trains heading toward Chicago and four heading west). Train service is at the Galesburg Train Station, just a few blocks east of the Knox College campus. The train provides transportation to visit other cities in the region or to connect with airports in Chicago. It is often faster and much less expensive than the cost to drive and pay for fuel and parking. See the Amtrak website for schedules and more information.