Subscribe to the Green Commuter for news that helps students and employees get from place to place sustainably. Read about timely updates on carpooling, public transit, shuttles, biking, walking, and more.  The Green Commuter is published twice per year. Read past issues.


Like to get around by electric power? Be sure to know the University’s policy for e-scooters, including dismount zone locations. Learn more about the electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus and locally.


U-Commute is the University’s campaign to promote the use of transportation alternatives that assist in reducing commuting costs for employees, reducing campus congestion, and promoting the sustainability efforts for the University of Rochester and our community.


Leave the driving to someone else by hopping on a bus! And save money with $1 fares. RTS operates the region’s public transit system. Use the RTS trip planner to find your route and view/download bus schedules at www.myrts.comTrack your bus in real time online or through the smartphone app. Link for the app:


Using the 511NY Rideshare platform Students can manage their daily campus commuting needs, arrange trips to and from home for holidays and academic breaks, and locate transportation to off-campus events. Employees can find others to share their work commute or arrange one-time rides, locate transportation, and more. Commuters can find park and ride locations and avoid traffic by using the real-time traffic map.

Quickly connect to sustainable, affordable transportation, such as public transit and walking and biking routes. Bicycle commuters can find bike buddies who are interested in riding to work or school together. Users can create customized trips that find the best public transit options for commuting or traveling, including maps, using the Trip Planner. 

Learn more and connect with others in the University community by registering and creating a free profile.


Reduce fuel expenses, vehicle wear and tear, and your carbon footprint by teaming up for your commute. Join a carpool! We help match you with other carpoolers and by ridesharing with the 511NY Rideshare platform, you get premium parking, a guaranteed ride home, and you can save 50%, 75%, or even get a FREE parking permit (4 riders or more). Learn more about the carpooling program at:


Rides are free with your University ID! University of Rochester provides free and convenient shuttle service in and around the campuses and surrounding community with our own University fleet that has a dozen or so routes running each and every day. View the schedules and system map to see all of the different routes, destinations, and operation times at: You can even book a shuttle for special events with our charter request form.


Rent a ride by the hour or for a day to get out and about, attend a meeting, or get to an appointment (gas and insurance included!). Vehicles are located at the Medical Center, River Campus, and Eastman School of Music.  Learn more or sign up at:


Biking to and from work and/or school is well suited to the University of Rochester with our many trails and routes. A growing number of faculty, staff and students are choosing to commute by pedaling past the pump, and improving their health while saving on transportation.

If you’d like to keep track of your bike trips, check out 511NY’s trip tracker. It shows you how much money you are saving, carbon emissions reduced by biking, miles biked, and more. Register and start tracking today.



HOP around with Rochester’s bike share program! In an effort to provide students, faculty, and staff with an easy, affordable and healthy way to get where they need to go, the Department of Transportation and Parking has partnered with RTS and the City of Rochester’s new bike share program. The system, owned, operated and maintained by HOPR, a national provider, offers a fleet of pedal bikes throughout the City of Rochester and surrounding areas.

On the Medical Center campus, there are three bike share rental areas and electric scooter dismount zones. They are located at the School of Medicine & Dentistry, the Eastman Dental Center bus stop, and the Mental Health & Wellness bus stop. River Campus has two bike stations located at Meliora Hall and on Faculty Road.

The blue HOPR bikes may be rented through a smartphone application. HOPR offers pay-as-you-go options, as well as single-day and monthly passes. For riders using pay-as-you-go, the cost is $1 to unlock a bike and 15 cents per minute of riding. Download the free HOPR Transit app and find more information here. Still have questions? Check out the FAQ here.


Discover the benefits of walking while rediscovering Rochester’s abundant architectural, cultural, and natural resources! Find walking routes and maps here.