Students who needed public transit between campuses used to be at the mercy of the Blue Birds, clattering blue buses held together with duct tape and chalked with graffitied statements like, "Out of Vietnam Now," or "Ronald Reagan: Four More Years!" However, in the past few years, the old Birds have been replaced by a shiny fleet of white buses. UB has also purchased a small army of shuttle vans that travel on different color-coded routes (Red, Orange, Green, Blue) within the campuses. Buffalo's light-rail line terminates at University Station on South Campus. While the little subway is somewhat of an urban joke in Buffalo, it's clean and well-used (if not by students). But UB has finally accepted that a long-rumored light-rail link to North Campus will probably never be built.
Everyone is happy with the inter-campus bus service during the day when buses run about every five minutes. Night and weekend service is less frequent. Buses are usually separated by 20-30-minute intervals. On weekend nights, the inter-campus bus becomes the fabled "drunk bus," which stops running just after 2 a.m. More and more students are using the shuttle vans to get from their apartment complexes or parking spots to the Spine. The subway is actually a popular way to get downtown for an event at Shea's (the major performance theater) or HSBC Arena (home of the Sabres and big concerts). Of course, the most popular way of getting around Buffalo is by car. There's a lot of parking everywhere, and you can get anywhere in the city (including the airport) in 15 to 20 minutes.