Whether it be for spring break, a trip abroad, or a job interview, many students travel to the airport during their time at Rice. When considering the options to get there, most take into account the cost and time of travel, but another key factor to consider is the environmental impact. Being in the heart of a large city gives students numerous options for transportation to the airport, with some more environmentally friendly than others.
Although biking to the airport may not be the most practical option, it results in zero emissions and is free of cost.
Students can also take advantage of the Metro stations near campus and ride to the airport for free with the use of a Q Card. A Q Card can be acquired for free by any Rice Student at the Allen Center. Getting to either airport with public transportation may require switching trains and busses, outlined in the graphic below, but it results in a low carbon footprint.
Getting to George Bush Intercontinental:
Take the 700 Metrorail red line northbound from the Hermann Park/Rice University station to the Downtown Transit Center station. Transfer to the 102 Bush IAH Express Outbound to Terminal C.
Getting to William P. Hobby:
Take the 700 Metrorail red line southbound from the Hermann Park/Rice University station to the Fannin South Transit Center station. Transfer to the 073 Bellfort Eastbound bus to William P. Hobby Airport.
SuperShuttle is an app which provides both rideshare and nonstop services from any location. For groups of seven to ten, SuperShuttle offers an exclusive van, and Rice students can use the code OWLS1 to receive a discount. The van provides a convenient, low-emission option for students.
A favorite option among many students is the use of Uber. Downloading the app connects users to an array of drivers in their area with vehicles ranging in size and price point. The app also gives riders an easy and convenient way to split the fare. The more people who carpool, the lower the environmental impact per rider.
Similarly to Uber, a student can arrange to have a taxi pick-up. This option is generally more costly, but splitting the ride has a lower impact on the environment than driving alone.
Finally, many students opt to drive themselves to the airport, which results in the highest environmental impact. The costs of gas associated with driving are calculated below using an average gas cost of $2.10 per gallon and average fuel efficiency of 24 miles per gallon.
There are numerous options available to Rice students for transportation to and from the airport, with each varying in time, cost, and sustainability. When traveling to the airport, consider lessening environmental impact through carpooling or utilizing public transportation.