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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.


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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CDTA

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 www.cdta.org.

CDTA

Zipcar

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 zipcar.com/ualbany!

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 www.ipool2.com for more information and to sign up!

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

UAlbany Bike Share

The UAlbany Bike Share program continues to grow! Bikes are available to rent for the day at Alumni, Indian, and Colonial Quad Wellness Centers. For information on the rental process, check out the Bike Share page. If you have any questions, email bikeshare@albany.edu.

Personal Bike Registration

If you bring your personal bike to campus, be sure to take a step to prevent theft. Register it online with UPD.

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.