Rochester, NY
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3 College Junior

Transportation: It's enough to get by. As a local, I'm spoiled....

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I hope they have a shuttle to the College Town next year

College Junior

Transportation: I drive to school, unsure of other transportation

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Usually, you CAN get what you need on campus, and if not, there are options (for free) within the school buses. However, these are relatively limited.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I don't really use the transportation that much because I have friends with cars, but the few times I have used the bus, it hasn't been too bad.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 217th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 954th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1316th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
History and International Relations
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In general, the public transportation system in Rochester is reliable and convenient, if underutilized by upperclassmen. Freshmen take advantage of it, seeing as they don't have cars on campus, but the use of the RTS system drops off as students find other ways to get around. But if you need to get from A to B, the current bus system is a viable option in certain circumstances. It's also free to use for UR students-a big plus if you are constantly riding the routes. The shuttles out to the far dorms are also nice to have, especially in the dead of winter. The large international airport is literally one exit past UR, so hopping on a flight is quick and easy, and the train station is 10 minutes away in downtown also.

RTS is usable if you don't mind a somewhat roundabout and longer trip to wherever you need to go. You can survive by using the UR special bus, which runs to the mall and the grocery store twice a week, and by relying on friends for other trips. Routes run through the entire city, and to the Medical Center complex, as well. Not many people actually use the buses a lot, however, except for Eastman students who have to go back and forth between River Campus and downtown to their campus. If you do use it, though, you'll find a clean, safe system on which to ride. Other forms of transportation are easy to find and reliable for any farther travel needs.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • A friend's backseat
  • RTS buses (free with ID)
  • Your own feet
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $8.
  • Airport Taxi Association, (585) 235-0508, or any cab company.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

RTS (Regional Transit Services)

Runs a shuttle to Routes 70 and 72, downtown, River Campus Towers, Rush Rhees Library, Goler House (faculty or temporary housing), the River Road buildings, Laser Lab, Whipple Park, Helen Wood Hall, and University Health

6 a.m-4 a.m. on weekdays, and 9:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. on weekends.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Greater Rochester International Airport

The airport is about two miles or five minutes from campus.

(585) 464-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Trailways Bus Station

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is located in downtown Rochester, approximately two and a half miles from campus. For schedules, call (800) 231-2222

187 Midtown Plaza, Rochester

(585) 232-5121

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Rochester Amtrak Station

The train station in Rochester is located about four miles away from campus. For information, call (800) 872-7245

320 Central Ave., Rochester

(585) 454-2894

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 10% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 42% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 42% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 3% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 76% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 5% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 47 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 48 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 47 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 59 responses

  • 5% Very difficult.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 63% Fairly easy.
  • 17% Very easy.
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