Transportation

Location
New Brunswick, NJ
Undergrads
30,038
Tuition (in-state)
$23,676 ($10,356)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Student

Transportation: Public transportation is decent and convenient. Rush hour sucks, however.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses are usually fast moving but are always overly crowded.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Rutgers busses are extremely convenient

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's good! Buses run on time (usually) and they run efficiently

3 College Junior

Transportation: We have a large bus system but they could be much smarter with it. More stops at certain campuses and definitely more buses at peak class hours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 35th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1207th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1276th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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Rutgers University is not a small university where you can roll out of bed and walk to class in pajamas. Typically, students have to take Rutgers’s long red bus to class. Sometimes, students try to schedule their classes on the campus where they live, while others are not as lucky. Rutgers’s buses are tracked on the Web site www.nextbus.com. Students check to see where on campus their bus is, so they do not have to wait outside for it to come. Also, at the bus stop, there is an electronic board, which lets students know when each bus is coming. Buses run almost every seven minutes, and after 3 a.m., students can call the Knight Mover, known to students as the drunk bus, to pick them up and take them to a requested location. NJ Transit buses are also available in downtown New Brunswick. The New Brunswick bus station is across the street from the official Rutgers’ bookstore. Running on the North East Corridor Line, students can buy a round-trip ticket to New York City for $13. Many courses at Rutgers require students to attend art museums or plays in Manhattan.

The bus system at Rutgers is often tiring, but it is the only way that students can get to classes. Typically, the buses are safe. The buses are always crowded during student rush hour, which is typically around 2:30 p.m., a popular class time. During this time, students struggle to find seats on the bus, while others stand and hold onto the rails for dear life as the accordion bus swings the corners.
 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Become good friends with an upperclassman with a car.
  • Bike - The front of most Rutgers buses are equipped with bike racks, so students can ride their bikes on different campuses.
  • Catch the NJ Transit buses and trains or the Rutgers buses.
  • Go to the College Avenue Campus and walk into town.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $50.
  • Take a train that stops inside Newark Airport from the New Brunswick Train Station.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The New BrunsQuick Shuttle

These two 16-passenger minibuses are available to Rutgers commuters living in New Brunswick. They provide transportation to the College Avenue campus for connection to the campus bus system from the New Brunswick Train Station, 5th and 6th Wards, and other locations.

Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

On-campus buses

A- College Avenue to Busch via ARC Building B- Livingston to Busch C- Busch Commuter Shuttle EE- College Avenue to Cook/Douglass via Neilson Street F- College Avenue to Douglass via George Street H- College Avenue to Busch L- College Avenue to Livingston via Route 27 LX- College Avenue to Livingston via Route 18 REXL- Cook/Douglass to Livingston REXB- Cook/Douglass to Busch Route A Weekend- College Avenue to Busch to Livingston Route EE Weekend- College Avenue to Cook/Douglass Route L Weekend- College Avenue to Livingston to Busch

Knight Mover

The Knight Mover, commonly referred to as the "drunk bus," operates after the Rutgers Bus system stops running at 2 a.m. Students can call anytime after 2 a.m. for a free ride to their residence hall or off campus from wherever they are located-even if it's at a party on a Saturday night.

(732) 932-9230

Library Shuttle

A library shuttle goes around the Cook/Douglass campus providing transportation to and from the residence halls to the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.

Sunday-Thursday 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

New Jersey Transit buses

Popular mode of transportation for students looking to go to the Menlo Park Mall or Woodbridge Center, as well as different areas in New Jersey. The bus stop is located at the bottom of the New Brunswick Train Station at the corner of George and Somerset Streets.

New Brunswick Train Station

Located on the corner of George and Albany Streets. It goes directly into New York Penn Station via the Northeast Corridor Line.

(973) 762-5100

www.njtransit.com

Menlo Park mall shuttle

Runs every Friday and Saturday. Students that ride the shuttle receive a discount coupon book for the mall.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

The Newark Liberty International Airport s approximately 26 miles away, and 30 minutes from the College Avenue Campus.

(973) 961-6000

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

Amtrak runs out of the New Brunswick Train Station, located on the corner of George and Albany Streets. Amtrak provides limited direct service to New Brunswick, however connections can easily be made via New Jersey Transit trains to principle Amtrak stations at MetroPark, New York, and Trenton.

1-800-USA-RAIL

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 167 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 7% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 167 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 63% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 166 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 166 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 167 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 8% Fairly difficult.
  • 65% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 166 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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