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Transportation: You get CDTA rides for free so that will take you all around the capital district but it may take you a while and be a pain. Eventually either you can bring your car to campus or find a friend with a car and that helps a lot. On campus shuttles are okay but are really only practical if you live in a few places or for specific destinations.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle service is pretty good and fairly consistent.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttles are outstanding, super convenient, and of course an effective time and money saver!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Teaches you to walk longer distances

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Being able to take the public transportation for free is great, especially since it goes through about 3 cities.


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Public transit in Troy isn't anything to write home about, but it meets most students' needs. You can get basically anywhere you need to go, though it may take longer than you want. The CDTA buses have routes both through RPI campus and Troy, all of which are free with a student ID-and the bus drivers usually don't mind if you and your 10 friends hop on the bus a little drunk for a ride back to campus. For the most part, however, if you want to get around town, it's usually just as fast to walk. The bus is a nice option to have in the cold winter months, but it's important to allow extra time.

For getting out of town, the bus can take you to the airport or train station. In terms of more practical needs, routes head to the local Price Chopper and Wal-Mart-again, all free of charge. Of course it's not as fast as a car, but it's free and beats walking across town with your groceries in hand. It's rumored that RPI plans to expand the off-campus bus routes, allowing students who live farther off campus easier access; while this may happen in the coming years, right now it's just as easy to drive if you have a place too far away.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • CDTA (free with student ID)
  • Friend's car
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20-$25.
  • I-87 South to Exit 4. Turn left on Old Wolf Road. At stop light, turn right onto Albany-Shaker Road. Follow signs to Parking and Terminal.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

CDTA Campus Shuttle Service

(518) 276-6616

Public TransitWhat's This?


(518) 482-8822

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Albany International Airport

(518) 242-2200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Albany Greyhound

The nearest Greyhound terminal is in Albany, about seven and a half miles from RPI's campus.

34 Hamilton St.

(518) 434-8980

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Albany-Rensselaer

The Albany-Rensselaer station is located in Rensselaer is about seven miles from RPI's campus.

555 East St.

(518) 462-5740

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 55 responses

  • 36% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 49% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 15% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 76% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 27 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 27 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 55 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 80% Fairly easy.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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