University at Albany

Alternative Transportation

Each day thousands of faculty, staff, and students commute to UAlbany's Uptown, Downtown, and East campuses. Improving transportation efficiency is consistent with UAlbany's commitment to environmental stewardship. Transportation is a significant source of air pollution and contributor to climate change; therefore, colleges and universities must examine and decrease the environmental impacts that result from commuting to and from campus. For more details visit Parking and Mass Transit Services.

About sixty percent of students regularly utilize alternative transportation, while only ten percent of employee commuters travel by a mode other than a car. Challenge yourself to leave your vehicle in the driveway one day a week for the next month. You may be surprised to learn that you can reshape your trip to and form work and school without much effort.

UAlbany Bus Fleet

You can now find up-to-the-minute updates on UAlbany bus departure times. Get more information here.

The UAlbany Bus Fleet services all of UAlbany's campuses, including the Uptown, Downtown, and East campuses. The fleet also services Freedom Apartments, MSC/UAB, Western Avenue, Madison Avenue, and the Patroon Creek Complex which includes the UAlbany Health Center. A shopping shuttle runs to Walmart and Price Chopper on Monday and Thursday evenings. Click here for Bus Route Descriptions and Bus Schedules. Through grants provided by NYSERDA, UAlbany has upgraded the fleet to include five electric-hybrid buses.

During Fall 2013, the UAlbany bus service is making it more convenient for riders to arrive at their destination. Each campus bus is now outfited with a GPS tracker, so you can anticipate if your ride is running ahead or behind schedule. The real time route info is available online. To access the website, you can use your smartphone and scan the QR code located at UAlbany bus stops. Five display screens will be installed in high traffic areas across campus by December 2013.

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Rose Dorsman, the former Director of Parking and Mass Transit
Services, and driver Mike Koch pose with our hybrid buses

UAlbany Bike Share

The UAlbany Bike Share program continues to grow! Bikes are available to rent for the day at all campus residences in the Wellness Centers. For information on the rental process, check out the Bike Share page. If you have any questions, email


UAlbany partners with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) to allow UAlbany students, faculty, and staff with an active and valid SUNY Card to ride all CDTA buses for free, excluding the Northway Express and Star Buses. Routes, 11, 12, and 90 service the UAlbany campus, and Route 10 services Western Avenue, including Alumni Quad. Access the route maps and schedules at


iPool2 Carpool Service

Become a carpool convert! UAlbany has teamed up with iPool2, a ride-share and carpool matching service for anyoneliving in the Capital Region. There are no fees to use this service and there is a guaranteed ride home at all times. This program provides afree taxi ride in case an emergency arises or if you unexpectedly work late. Visit for more information and to sign up!

Hertz On Demand

Hertz on Demand is the first car-sharing program in the Capital District! Use a car only when you need it. You can rent the Hertz cars by the hour or the day by reserving your time slot in advance. No need to pay for gas- the hourly fee includes a gas card. This is a great alternative to having a car on campus! Must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. Sign up at


Undergraduates show off a Hertz on Demand Toyota Prius

Transportation Study

As part of our ongoing attempt to reduce the University's carbon emissions and promote social sustainability, we conducted a transportation study, Understanding Commuter Patterns & Behavior, to help us understand how faculty, staff, and students get to campus. More information is available here.

Discount Parking for Low-emitting/Fuel Efficient Vehicles

The University provides a 20% discount on parking decals for a low-emitting and/or fuel-efficient vehicle on campus. Vehicles are considered fuel efficient if they ge more than 35 MPG. The discount is available upon request for campus personnel, incoming students, staff and faculty.

Personal Bike Registration

If you bring your personal bike to campus, be sure to first register it for free at Parking and Mass Transit and then get it tagged by UPD to prevent theft.