Mountaintop Field Guide

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How to Get There

Take the Bus

Information about bus routes and schedules can be found here or track your bus at bus.lehigh.edu.

Taking the bus to Mountaintop is easier than ever with the Campus Connector. Find bus stops, check arrival times, and track your bus at bus.lehigh.edu or download the DoubleMap app.

Need to get to Mountaintop evenings and weekends?

GoLehighTransit On-Demand will get you there with our app - powered by TransLoc! On-Demand operates evenings and weekends when the amount of passengers going between campuses decreases, allowing for a more sustainable transportation solution. 

On-Demand Hours of Operation:

On-Demand bus service between campuses is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 PM - 11:45 PM, and Saturday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 11:45 PM. 

Accessibility Shuttle:

AccessLU users may utilize TransLoc for on-demand bus service Monday through Friday from 6:30 AM - 12:00 AM, and Saturday through Sunday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM.

How to use TransLoc MicroTransit app:

  • Download the TransLoc MicroTransit app and login using your Lehigh University credentials.
  • Create an account. 
  • Add your phone number to your account for better communication with your driver. 

To request a pickup:

  1. Open the TransLoc app.
  2. Tap the "OnDemand" icon.
  3. Swipe to the appropriate service. 
  4. Tap the  "Booking Available" button.
  5. Tap "Set Pick-up Address" and select your location from the dropdown list.
  6. Tap "Set Drop-off Address" and select your location from the dropdown list.
  7. If you want the next available bus, tap "REQUEST RIDE". If you want to schedule your ride for a later date/time (maximum of 7 days in advance), tap on "Desired Pickup: ASAP", set your desired pick up date and time and tap "Done".
  8. Once you’ve tapped "REQUEST RIDE", sit back and track your ride!

Please note: Please be at the pick-up point five minutes before the estimated arrival time.

Working extra late? 

If you are at Mountaintop working late, you're welcome to drive and park in any of the faculty/staff spaces if you have an on-campus residential permit or a commuter permit with weekend and evening privileges (4 pm - 6 am, weekdays, and all day Saturdays and Sundays). See below for more parking info! If you're in the Art, Architecture and Design Department or work in ATLSS - please see Lyft code section below.

Lyft for AAD and ATLSS

Other options for late night work at Mountaintop available to those in the Art, Architecture & Design Department and those working in ATLSS:

If you are in the Art, Architecture & Design Department or work in ATLSS, please contact Parking Services for your FREE Lyft code to travel between campuses during late-night hours. We will validate your access through your department. Lyft codes may be used during the times below...

The Lyft codes for ATLSS may be used:

Mon-Fri, 6:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat & Sun, 6:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Lyft codes for Architecture, Art & Design may be used:

Mon-Fri, 8:00 PM - 6:30 AM
Sat & Sun, 11:45 PM - 10:00 AM

To participate:

  • GET THE APP: Download the Lyft app for iPhone or Android. Already have the Lyft app? Go straight to step 3.
  • CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT: Set up a Lyft account. You’ll need to add a credit card, in case your Lyft rides go beyond the established rate of $15 per ride. Any additional tips will be charged to your credit card as well.
  • OBTAIN YOUR CODE: Once you have created your account, contact Parking Services at inpark@lehigh.edu to obtain a code valid through December 31, 2022. Parking Services will validate your status with your department.
  • SUBMIT YOUR INFO: Add the code provided to the “Add Lyft Pass” section under “Payment” in the Lyft app before you request your ride. You must be in “Personal” mode for the code to apply and will only need to enter the code one time.

 

Building Locations

Our Mountaintop Campus is located at the top of South Mountain, just south of the Asa Packer Campus. 

Common buildings students may need to access and their addresses:

Iacocca Hall: 111 Research Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Building C: 113 Research Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

ATLSS Center: 117 ATLSS Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Ben Franklin Technology Partners: 116 Research Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Jordan Hall (ROTC offices): 115 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Building J (MH Design & Print): 118 ATLSS Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Where to Park

How to Park on Mountaintop

As a student who has a car on campus, you may prefer to drive to Mountaintop. While we encourage taking sustainable transportation options, like the Campus Connector or our On-Demand service, we understand that it not always the best option for a student. In order to park on the Mountaintop campus you need one of the following student parking permits:

An on-campus residential parking permit

OR

A commuter parking permit with evening and weekend privileges

To purchase a parking permit, please visit: go.lehigh.edu/parking and log in with your Lehigh username and password.

Where to Park on Mountaintop (once you have your permit)

Please see the Parking Zone Map for locations of 4 Hour student short term parking on Mountaintop Campus. Students with one of the valid parking permits listed above may park in these spaces from 6 AM to 12 midnight - idendified on the map in black.

After 4 pm, students with a valid permit (on-campus residential permit OR a commuter permit with weekend and evening privileges), may park at any of the  faculty/staff spaces until 6 AM the following day, or all day Saturday and Sunday. These spaces are identified on the map in light blue. This applies to lower campus as well.

Still unsure and worried about where to park? Just reach out and we'll walk you through all of your options! 

610-758-7275
 

Where to Eat

Food Options on Mountaintop

Students, faculty and staff can find a wide selection of hot and cold foods, coffee, bottled beverages and snacks on Mountaintop Campus and can make purchases in both Iacocca Hall (Iacocca Cafe) and in Building C (Market X).

Below are links to each location with up to date hours, menu items, and other helpful info - like payment methods accepted.

CURRENT DINING OPTIONS

Iacocca Cafe (Iacocca Hall): 8 am - 3 pm, Monday - Friday
Market X (Building C): accessible 24/7!
Hero's Kafe at Ben Franklin TechVentures

COMING SOON!

Yo-Kai Express (Iacocca Hall): accessible 24/7!
In-Reach vending program (fresh salads, sandwiches, snacks and drink) (Iacocca Hall): accessible 24/7!

New Dining Options and Hours

Dining Services is refreshing and expanding our menu at Iacocca Cafe which will offer $5 daily specials, daily hot entrees features, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and smoothies.

Iacocca Cafe will be open from 8am - 3pm Monday - Friday.

We'll be adding a state-of-the-art In-Reach vending program to Iacocca Hall (coming soon!) that will offer 24/7 access to fresh salads and sandwiches (prepared on campus), bottled beverages, snacks and more.

We're exited to introduce Yo-Kai Express to Iacocca Hall (coming soon!); an innovative self-contained machine that will offer 24/7 access to bowls of hot ramen noodles in about 45 seconds.

We'll be increasing the availability of healthy options at Market X in Building C with an all-new dedicated section of nutritious snacks, hand picked by our on-campus Registered Dietitian Keri Lasky.

Safety

General

The safety of our campuses is a priority for the university and the LUPD. Over the past several years, the LUPD has had very little to no incidents of vandalism and theft on Mountaintop. No violent crimes have occured on this campus. There are no known dangerous animal reports, either. However, please be cautious of possible deer on roadways when driving to and from Mountaintop.

Lighting

Lehigh Facilitiies has replaced all street lights from 75 watt metal halide to 100 watt LED equivalent. Facilities also replaced almost all exterior lights on all buildings on Mountaintop with LED - increasing light output similar to street lights while adding another 8-10 new exterior fixtures at Bldg C.  

Site lights are currently being added on grass walkways between Iacocca, C and B. This is 50% upgraded and will be completed by spring '23.  

Cameras

LUPD has over 70 cameras on the Mountaintop campus, including those that cover the bus stops.

 

HawkWatch Personal Safety App

The HawkWatch personal safety app is the official mobile app from Lehigh University and is offered for free to all members of the campus community. There is no obligation to download this app. The HawkWatch app is custom-designed for Lehigh University and includes a number of options that can help in an emergency situation. It also puts the user in direct contact with LUPD dispatchers. It is the equivalent of a mobile blue light phone in the palm of the user’s hand. In addition, the app provides quick and easy access to useful information such as directions in emergency situations, and emergency contacts and support resources. It can also serve as a Lehigh bus tracker, provide links for reporting a tip, and offer users a quick and easy way to request safety programs.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can still receive text messages from HawkWatch. Text LEHIGH to 237233 to subscribe to alerts. Text STOP to cancel. Standard message and data rates may apply.

 

HawkWatch Personal Safety App

Improvements: 

You shared feedback, we listened! Learn about the improved services being made to the Mountaintop campus resources. What We've Heard and What We're Doing...

We Heard: It's sometimes unclear which direction the buses are heading.

What we're doing: GoLehighTransit has programmed the signs on all buses so that it’s clear, and immediately visible to a waiting rider, whether their bus is headed to Saucon Village or to the Asa Packer Campus. This will allow riders to better manage their commute time.

We heard: There isn't enough student parking.

What we're doing: In the spring of 2022, we quickly took steps to add an additional 9 spaces where students could park. We've continued evaluating spaces this summer and have now converted a total of 34 current short term spaces for students to use if they have any on campus residential permit, or a commuter permit with evening and weekend privileges. There are also 41 spaces at Iacocca Hall.

After 4 pm, students with any on campus residential permit, or a commuter permit with evening and weekend privileges, may park in any of the faculty/staff spaces at Mountaintop. We will be evaluating additional opportunites to add more parking for students in the fall. 

We heard: The directional signage isn't clear - especially for a new student.

What we're doing: The last thing we want is anyone to be confused and stressed on their first day because they don't know where they should park. We've analyzed the entry points into Mountaintop campus and the parking lots themselves and have an updated signage plan in progress. The new signage will clearly direct students, as well as faculty/staff and visitors, to the correct parking lots. Our new and improved signage will also reduce redundant and vague messaging. Once implemented, we welcome any and all feedback so that we may continue making improvements!

We heard: The bus tracking app is not populating arrival times for all the stops.

What we're doing: During the focus groups, we became aware of a glitch in the bus tracking software. The app was populating arrival times for some of the stops, but not for all the stops. We immediately contacted our software vendor and have worked with them to correct this glitch. We're pleased to report that all of the bus stops are now populating arrival times.

We heard: Cell/mobile data reception is spotty and impacts use of the apps.

What we're doing: University Business Services and Transportation have begun a conversation with LTS about cell phone connectivity and the implications that poor connectivity can have on student safety and software reliability. LTS has an investigation in the works and will review the solutions. Recently, wireless APs were added to the 5 stops that have Code Blue Emergency Phone Towers - providing students near those towers with WiFi access.

We heard: Students, especially new ones, just aren't sure where to find a lot of information about Mountaintop.

What we're doing: This comment was the inspiration for our Mountaintop Field Guide - a "how to" guide for taking classes and studying at Mountaintop. Over the summer and fall semester, we will be adding helpful Mountaintop tips and info to this page regularly. 

We heard: The buses to and from Mountaintop don't come frequently enough.

What we're doing: In an effort to reduce the arrival of buses to every 10 minutes - We will pilot 6 vehicles to test out this 10 minute headway (from 8 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday) and identify where delays are happening, listen to user feedback, and continue to improve the headway. 

We heard: There is a need for more dining options.

What we're doing: Dining Services is refreshing and expanding our menu at Iacocca Cafe which will offer $5 daily specials, daily hot entrees features, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and smoothies. Iacocca Cafe will be open from 8am - 3pm Monday - Friday.

We'll be adding a state-of-the-art In-Reach vending program to Iacocca Hall (coming soon!) that will offer 24/7 access to fresh salads and sandwiches (prepared on campus), bottled beverages, snacks and more.

We're exited to introduce Yo-Kai Express to Iacocca Hall (coming soon!); an innovative self-contained machine that will offer 24/7 access to bowls of hot ramen noodles in about 45 seconds.

We'll be increasing the availability of healthy options at Market X in Building C with an all-new dedicated section of nutritious snacks, hand picked by our on-campus Registered Dietitian Keri Lasky.