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#ForwardOnClimate Rally

Buses and Transportation

Basic Information
Become A Bus Coordinator
Available Buses
Other Transportation Information Bus Liability Documents

Basic Bus Information

As buses to the Forward on Climate Rally are scheduled, we will list them below along with contact and sign-up information. This page will be frequently updated.

To become a bus coordinator, please see below. To see if there is a bus publicly announced in your area, please check back here frequently. If you have any other questions about buses -- or would like to get one you are already planning listed on this page -- please email climatebus@gmail.com.

Please contact climatebus@gmail.com even if you are planning a bus that does not need help with recruitment. We are working closely with the Park Police and other officials, and need to give you important information about parking and other details. It will also help us coordinate logistics.

Become a Bus Coordinator

The Forward on Climate Rally team is eager to work with you on scheduling and filling a bus from your region to Washington, D.C. We cannot promise specific funding at this time, but our organizers can offer helpful guidance and advertise your bus on this page.

If you are interested in coordinating a bus from your area, please sign up here, and an organizer will be in touch with you soon. Bus coordinators are responsible for reserving their bus, working with organizers to recruit riders, and taking care of logistics like payment and pickup locations. If you are a Sierra Club staff member or chapter leader, you must download and use these liability documents.

Please note: The rally begins at noon, so buses should plan to arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. on February 17!

In addition to signing up at the link above, new bus coordinators should plan to join the appropriate weekly regional conference call:

Region: New England
Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. ET
Dial: (213) 342-3000
Access code: 852-7558

Region: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Day/time: Sundays, 1:00 p.m. ET or Mondays, 3:00 p.m. ET
Dial: (605) 475-4700
Access Code: 772-402

Region: Mid-Atlantic
Day/time: Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. ET or Fridays, 3:00 p.m. ET
Dial (605) 475-4700
Access code: 743-971

Region: Midwest
Day/Time: Fridays, 2:00 p.m. ET
Dial: (213) 342-3000
Access code: 852-7558

Available Buses

More to come - check back often!

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Iowa

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

New Hampshire

  • Portsmouth - Departing from the UU South Church on Saturday, February 16, at 9 p.m. Email nancychoop@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

New Jersey

New York

North Carolina

  • Asheville - Hosted by the Western North Carolina Alliance. For additional information or to book a seat, visit the WNCA's website.

  • Boone - Departing on Sunday, February 17, at 4 a.m. from the Appalachian Enterprise Center at 130 Poplar Grove Connector (just off West King Street by the Watauga County Social Services offices - go past Galileo's on West King Street and turn toward Poplar Grove). Returning to Boone by midnight. Cost is $31. For more details, to sponsor a seat for someone else, or to reserve your seat, email Dave Harman or call (828) 773-3746.

  • Chapel Hill - Bio-diesel! Leaving the Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute (8507 Pickards Meadow Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516) on Sunday, February 17, at 5:30 a.m. and returning the same night. Suggested donation of $40, but trip scholarships are available for those with a lack of funds. Email Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute or Megan to reserve your spot.

  • Charlotte - Hosted by the North Carolina Sierra Club Chapter. For additional information or to book a seat, visit the updated Eventbrite page.

  • Durham and Raleigh - Hosted by 350 Triangle. Biodiesel buses will be leaving from the Durham Main Library (300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701) on Sunday, February 17, at 5 a.m. sharp and from the McKimmon Center (1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606) in Raleigh at 5:45 a.m., returning to the Triangle late in the evening. Price is $35 per person, plus, gratuity. To reserve a space on the bus and for payment details, email Tom Fletcher.

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee

  • Bus One
  • Leave Memphis at 7 p.m. CST on Friday, February 15
  • Additional stop times to be determined
  • Arriving in Washington on Saturday morning, February 16, for sightseeing and volunteer orientation.
  • Departing D.C. right after the rally and returning to Memphis by 6:30 a.m. on Monday.
  • Bus Two
  • Departing on Saturday, February 16:
  • Memphis, 8:30 a.m. (30 minutes for media event)
  • Jackson, 10:30 a.m.
  • Nashville, 1:15 p.m.
  • Cookeville, 3:15 p.m.
  • Crossville, 4:00 p.m.
  • Knoxville, 9:00 p.m.
  • Arriving in Washington at 6 a.m. on Sunday, February 17
  • Departing D.C. a few hours after the rally.

Hosted by the Tennessee Chapter Sierra. For questions, please email Christopher Anderson. To book seats, please visit Eventbrite.

Vermont

Virginia

For more information about transportation from Virginia, visit the Sierra Club Chapter page.

West Virginia

Wisconsin

  • Madison and Milwaukee - Hosted by 350 Madison. Leaving Madison on Saturday, February 16, at 3:30 p.m. with a stop in Milwaukee at 5:30 p.m. and returning on Monday, February 18 by 10:30 a.m. For details and booking, email 350.madison.wi@gmail.com.

Other Transportation Information

Those not taking buses can find (or offer!) a carpool to D.C. by joining the Forward on Climate group at Ridebuzz.org.* Scores of activists have already posted - take a look!

Amtrak railroad service pulls into Union Station, as do Maryland's MARC and Virginia's commuter trains on weekdays only. Local airports include Reagan National (DCA), Baltimore-Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD). For public transportation from the airports, the Metro subway service stops right at DCA. MARC and Amtrak trains, as well as the B30 bus, run from BWI to D.C.

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This information has been compiled and is frequently updated by staff members of the #ForwardOnClimate partner groups.

* NRDC, The Sierra Club, 350.org, and other rally partner organizations have no affiliation with Ridebuzz or CouchSurfing. Any and all rides or housing are personal arrangements and no partner organizations can provide protections or guarantees to participants or assume liability for such personal arrangements.

Updated 2/16/2013