It may seem like a small step, but a newly created bus route takes a giant leap toward reducing environmental footprints. That’s how folks at Antioch University see it. Greyhound Lines Inc. recently announced it will now offer a weekend route connecting Brattleboro, Vermont, and Boston, Massachusetts, with a stop in Keene, New Hampshire, home of the university’s New England campus. Service began Friday, February 28.
The restoration of bus service between Keene and Boston has been a goal for Antioch University New England (AUNE) in collaboration with Monadnock Regional Transportation Management Association (MRTMA). Although service will start as limited, this announcement is seen as a start toward restoration of regular daily intercity bus service to Boston, a key objective of the MRTMA.
AUNE promotes ecological stewardship and social justice through its many environmental studies programs, including MS and PhD degree offerings in environmental studies and an MBA in sustainability. One of the first master’s-level environmental studies programs in the country, the Department of Environmental Studies at AUNE recently celebrated its fortieth year. This reinstitution of meaningful inter-city public transportation supports AUNE’s sustainability goals.
Eighty percent of our carbon footprint here is from travel, whether it is students or employees commuting or business travel, said Stephen Jones, president of AUNE. This new mode of transportation makes AUNE, and Keene in general, more accessible to students and others from this major metropolitan area, where so many of our current students come from and where so many alumni are based.