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 from work and school with little effort.

Bikeable UAlbany

Bikeable UAlbany is an ongoing initiative to transform the University at Albany into a more bike-friendly campus. There are many offices around the campus that are driving this initiative such as the offices of Parking and Mass Transit Services, Environmental Sustainability, Campus Planning, Campus Recreation, Residential Life, the University Police Department, Facilities Management and Grounds. Please visit the Bikeable UAlbany webpage for more information.

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.

In fall 2013, the UAlbany bus service became more convenient for riders to arrive at their destination. Each campus bus is now outfitted 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 or download the app for android or iphone. Five screens across campus also display the information.

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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



wheels with no strings attached

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! UAlbany has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.

As a member you get:

  • Access to Zipcars 24/7.
  • Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older. Rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
  • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free!
  • Join for only $25 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit your first month.

Learn more and get started at!

UAlbany Zip Car Locations:

  • 2 on Indian Quad
  • 1 on Colonial Quad
  • 1 on State Quad
  • 2 on Alumni Quad

Need more information?

iPool2 Carpool Service

Become a carpool convert! UAlbany has teamed up with iPool2, a ride-share and carpool matching service for anyone living 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 a free taxi ride in case an emergency arises or if you unexpectedly work late. Visit for more information and to sign up!

Discount for 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 get more than 35 MPG. The discount is available upon request for campus personnel, incoming students, staff and faculty.

Parking for Electric Vehicles

The University at Albany provides two electric vehicle charging stations located at Collins Circle Visitor Lot on the Uptown Campus and Thurlow Terrace Parking lot at the Downtown Campus. UAlbany allows four hours of free EV charging at a time in order to allows others to properly charge their vehicles. You can view a map of local EV stations here. Learn more about EV charging at UAlbany by watching the video below.

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.