For students, getting around can seem daunting. However, Wilson Commons Student Activities offers plenty of options and resources for transportation.
- Student Activities Van Program
- College Bus Charter Service
- City Cycles Program
- Shuttle Bus Service
- Zipcar Program
- Enterprise Rental Car Discount
Student Activities Van Program
Wilson Commons Student Activities has three 8-passenger vans available to SA recognized student groups. Groups are allowed to use a maximum of 2 vans at a time.
To reserve a van, fill out the SA Van Request Form.
SA Van Policies:
- All van requests must be placed at least five (5) business days before the reservation date or they will not be processed.
- Van requests will not be processed until they have been approved by the transportation coordinator and the student group's advisor.
- Any cancellations must be emailed to Sam Lovejoy at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours prior to the time of the van reservation, and will not incur a fee. Cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance will incur a $25 fee.
- Van use is limited to a 25 mile radius of the University (50 miles round trip for each reservation). Trips that exceed that amount must have explicit approval.
- SA groups must pay a mileage fee of $.20/mile.
- Any vans returned later than the indicated return time will incur a $10 late fee.
- SA Vans MUST be driven by an approved driver. See below for details.
Driver Approval for SA Vans:
Driver approval is a yearly process and is required to be done at least one week before the rental of a van for any events. Driver approval is done by obtaining a copy of the driver's motor vehicle record (MVR) from their state and by reading and signing a safer driver packet. To complete this process, please see Sam Lovejoy at the Ruth Merrill Center in Wilson Commons. Payment for obtaining an MVR is the responsibility of the student or staff requesting it, and is due at the time of service. Payment for an MVR can be made by either cash, check, flex or blue requisition.
College Bus Charter Service
Bus charter services are available for any University-related event by a University department, organization, or event organizer. Buses can be booked for local or long distance travel. Continuously looping busses are also available for trips to local destinations.
All non-coach transportation requests must be submitted with a minimum of 1 weeks’ notice. All requests that are made with less than 1 weeks' notice will incur a $50 late booking fee.
All requests for coach buses MUST be submitted more than 2 months in advance of the reservation date.
The following additional fees may apply to your trip:
- $50 cancellation fee
- $100 on-site cancellation fee for Monroe Transportation buses
- $170 on-site cancellation for First Transit/University buses
- $100 clean-up fee, should a charter company find it necessary to clean the bus
- Coach bus cancellation fees vary by company
To request charter bus services, please fill out this form: Charter Bus Request Form
For additional information on chartering a bus, please contact:
For student organizations:
Coordinator of Transportation
For all other charter requests:
City Cycles Program
City Cycles is a great bicycle lending library and allows full-time undergrad students and Goergen Athletic Center members to borrow a bike for 24 hours to go sightseeing, shopping or even do some serious biking. City Cycles are typically available for rent between March and November (these dates subject to change due to weather).
To find out more about the program and make reservations go to sa.rochester.edu/citycycles/.
Shuttle Bus Service
Up-to-date time tables for each of the shuttle lines are available at the Transportation and Parking Management website.
Blue Line - Beginning Monday, January 16, this shuttle runs from Whipple Park, around the Medical Center campus, with the final destination being the River Campus. This shuttle stops at Rush Rhees Library, Wilmot (River Campus), Elmwood Ave. (by the School of Medicine), East Dr. at Goler House (by College Town), Helen Wood Hall, University Park/Southside, the Laser Lab, and Whipple Park with a departure time every twenty minutes. This shuttle line also stops on Celebration Dr. in College Town after 6 pm on weekdays and on weekends.
College Town Express - College Town Express weekday service operates year round from 11:05 am to 3:05 pm. Weekend service begins on Saturday, January 14 for the spring semester. Both weekday and weekend routes run from the River Campus & Medical Center to College Town with stops at Rush Rhees Library, Wilmot, School of Medicine and Dentistry loop, Mt. Hope Ave., and Celebration Dr.
Corporate Woods - running every 30 minutes from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Corporate Woods shuttle offers convenient travel for meetings between the Medical Center (Whipple Circle), the Lattimore office building, Corporate Woods offices (Buildings 30, 120, and 155), and Rustic Village
Gold Line - Beginning Monday, January 16, the Gold Line Riverview Direct is a direct weekday shuttle line that travels between Rush Rhees Library, Brooks Crossing, Riverview Apartments Building C, Genesee St. at Spruce Ave., and Wilson Blvd. at Hutchison Rd. from 7:28 am to 5 pm; Gold Line 19th Ward is a shuttle line that operates nightly into the 19th Ward neighborhood and stops at Riverview & Brooks Crossing Apartments
Green Line - Beginning Wednesday, January 18, the Green Line offers easy access from River Campus to popular shopping & entertainment destinations
Wednesdays – College Town & Tops – this shuttle line stops on campus to College Town & Tops Plaza from 5 pm – 9 pm
Saturdays – Marketplace – offers easy access from River Campus to popular local destinations including Marketplace Mall, Wegmans, Target, Wal-Mart, and Regal Cinemas
Saturdays – Public Market (seasonal) – offers service from the River Campus and Eastman School of Music to the Rochester Public Market in early fall and late spring (spring semester service operates Saturday, March 4 until Saturday, May 20)
Sundays – Pittsford Plaza – service from River Campus to Tops Plaza, Twelve Corners, and Pittsford Plaza
Orange Line - Beginning Monday, January 16, the Orange Line offers daily morning and evening service with weekday and weekend schedules covering River Campus to Downtown Housing (East Ave., Monroe Ave., Alexander St., South Wedge); this shuttle stops at Eastman Living Center on weekends and after 6:30 pm weekdays
Red Line - Beginning Monday, January 16, the Red Line offers direct service from Rush Rhees Library to Eastman Living Center weekdays 7:30 am to 6:35 pm (the Orange Line stops at Eastman after 6:30 pm weekdays and on weekends)
Silver Line - Beginning Monday, January 16, the Silver Line runs continuously between Park Lot South, Zone 3, Wilmot, Intercampus Dr. at Library Rd., Towers, and Rush Rhees Library weekdays from 7 am to midnight
Shuttle schedules change periodically, including holidays and school breaks, so check the Transportation website for the most recent schedules or contact the Parking Management Center.
Rides are Free with Campus ID
All shuttles are free with a University ID so be ready to swipe your UR ID as you embark on your journey. Swiping helps ensure transportation services are meeting demand, and it supports a safe and secure environment for riders.
Where's My Shuttle?
Wonder no more - University shuttles are outfitted with real-time tracking equipment. Simply go to the Transloc site on your computer or smartphone, or download the free smartphone app to see the buses on a map. Live tracking, arrival predictions, and proximity alerts are also available for all University bus lines.
Take Your Wheels on the Shuttle
Shuttles are cycle-friendly. Most University Shuttles have racks on the front that hold up to two bicycles. If you wish to use the bike rack, signal the driver that you are going to the front of the bus. You're responsible for loading and unloading your bicycle but it's a convenient way to get around town when you need to or to add exercise to your commute. (See the Transportation and Parking's Bikes On Shuttles website for handy tips for loading and unloading your bicycle from a shuttle bus.)
ZIPCAR is another great program site to get out and about in the Rochester area. To qualify, your student status will be confirmed and you must be at least 18 and have three years of driving experience with minimal or no points on your license.
The hourly rate for vehicle rental is $7.00 per hour and includes all gas and insurance coverage. To find out more and apply for the UR discount membership rate of $35 go to www.zipcar.com/rochester/apply/.
NOTE: You will not see the option to select the $35 membership fee when completing your application until you actually enter the UR rate page. All information is verified here at the UR to confirm you are actually a current UR student. For this program you will need a valid credit card and a valid email address. Please note that the billing address for your credit card is where your ZIPCAR card will be sent.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental offer discounted rates to current University of Rochester staff and students who need to rent for personal use. To book a reservation, please visit www.enterprise.com or www.nationalcar.com and use promotion code: XZ29404
For more information about car rentals, please contact your nearest Enterprise Rent-A-Car or National Car Rental location. Some restrictions apply.