For students getting around can feel hard however there are tons of options. All shuttle services for during the semester and for semester breaks can be found on the University of Rochester Parking and Transportation website.
If you are just looking to go the scenic route by the most sustainable and fit form of Transportation, try the City Cycles bike program and take a ride on the canal path or to the many of the local areas of interest like the South Wedge, Park Avenue or to the Corn Hill area downtown.
More information about on-campus transportation options is listed below:
- Student Activities Van Program
- Enterprise Rental Car
- College Bus Charter Service
- City Cycles Program
- Shuttle Bus Service
- Zipcar Program
For even more transportation options view our: Transportation Information Sheet [pdf]
Wilson Commons Student Activities has three 8 passenger vans available for use by SA recognized student groups for social, academic and cultural events. Other departments and users are subject to approval by the Transportation Coordinator and WCSA's Associate Director. All van requests should be made at least one week before the event and must have an approved driver listed before an application for van use can be accepted. 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 drivers motor vehicle record (MVR) from their state and by reading and signing a safer driver packet. To complete this process, see the Beverly Buscemi, the Transportation Coordinator in 101i 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 or flex or blue requisition. To fill out a van request form, click on the link below and print and complete the form. Bring the completed van requests form to Beverly Buscemi, the Transportation Coordinator. Users must list which group and account the van charges will be billed to. Van use is limited to a 25 mile radius of Rochester. Trips that exceed that amount must have explicit approval from an Associate Director of Wilson Commons. Mileage charges are at the rate of $.56 per mile. Any NON-SA recognized groups or departments are subject to the van rental fee of $35 for the first 4 hours, $8 for every hour thereafter and $.56 per mile. Cancellations must be thru email to Beverly Buscemi at least 12 to 24 hours before the event. Non-cancellation fees may apply at the rate of $5 per day.
Enterprise Car Rental offers a special rate to University of Rochester staff and students. Some restrictions do apply. Must state whether for Business or Personal use. If using for personal use, you must purchase insurance separately as it is not available. Visit www.enterprise.com to find out more or contact Enterprise directly: Ask for Emily Sagona 585-235-2999. UR Discount Account #29A3292.
Bus Charter services are available for special group events. Rates are hourly, with minimum of 2 hours use. Roundtrip and continuous loop transportation is available. Click the link below to use the form fill-able charter requests form. Contact Andrea Walton - email email@example.com or call (585) 275-5953.
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. To find out more about the program and make reservations go to sa.rochester.edu/citycycles/.
The UR has a private company, First Transit in service to handle the red, blue and green and gold bus routes. These routes are free to anyone who is affiliated with the UR and has proper ID.
The Red Line:
Runs regularly between Eastman and the UR.
The Orange Line:
This services the Eastman, South Wedge, Monroe and Park Ave area.
The Blue Line:
Runs primarily between the River Campus, Whipple Park, Towers, Southside and the Medical Center.
The Green Line:
Runs several routes to various shopping destinations in the Rochester area. These routes are not serviced daily and run only on the days listed below.
- Wednesday is the Brooks Landing/Chili Wal-Mart route.
- Saturday there are two routes, the Public Market route and the Marketplace Mall / Wal-Mart route. (The Public Market runs only Spring and Fall.)
- Sunday is the Pittsford Plaza route.
The Gold Line:
Services the 19th Ward and Riverview Apartment shuttle
The Gold Riverview Direct Line:
Direct service from Rush Rhees to the Riverview Housing
The Silver Line:
Direct loop service from Park Lot to Rush Rhees during Fall and Spring semester.
The transportation department is responsible for these services. Visit the transportation web page to learn more. You can also pick up schedules from the Common Connection in Wilson Commons, at ITS, on the buses, and at Fauver Parking Office.
ZIPCAR is available here at the University of Rochester River Campus. This is another great program for those who qualify to use one of the four vehicles we have on 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.