Getting around while you’re on SU’s campus is quick, convenient and sustainable. For those who are able, the entire Main Campus area is totally walkable. And except for when the weather’s at its worst, the whole campus is bike-able, too. SU has installed bicycle racks near most academic and residential buildings. Rack locations vary–the racks are positioned in sheltered areas when possible–but they’re easy to spot. (Of course, you should always lock your bike securely to the rack.)
SU’s South Campus is also walkable and bike-able. And if you have about a half-hour, walking between South and Main Campus is pretty easy (it’s also a great way to stay in shape). Biking between the two campuses takes about ten minutes.
Free, regular bus service is also available for getting around campus. All the Centro buses that serve our campus are energy efficient–the ones that aren’t hybrids are fueled with compressed natural gas. Buses numbered 43, 143 and 243 serve the main campus area. Buses 44, 144, 244 and 344 go between Main and South Campuses, as well as providing internal service on South Campus. Current bus schedules are available from Centro. And if your schedule takes you to the Warehouse, or even to the Center of Excellence, you can still get there by bus. The Connective Corridor bus (#443) serves both buildings during daytime hours, and the Warehouse Express provides service between the Warehouse, Main and South Campuses after 9:00 p.m. (The Warehouse Express also serves Syracuse Stage along its way.) Drumlins is also accessible by bus (#340) for students who have classes or any SU community member taking advantage of the facility.
Of course, riding the bus on and near campus is free for SU community members. Check the appropriate bus schedule (links above) if you have any concerns. Then just show your SU ID card to the bus driver and find a seat.
Faculty, students and staff who live nearby campus can walk, bike or take the bus to SU–all for free. Centro service to the Euclid/Westcott area is provided on routes 130, 230, 330 and 530 (Centro Free-Fare Zone City Route). Alternative free service to the Euclid/Westcott area is provided via the James East Genesee Street service (note the different weekday and weekend schedules). Folks who live in the Thurber/Vincent/Nob Hill area can ride the Nob Hill shuttle/express (note the different weekday and weekend schedules for each).
Getting Away from Campus
Of course, there are times when you just need to get away. Maybe you want to go home for a holiday. Maybe you need to do some shopping. Maybe you just want to explore some of the wonder that is Central New York. As a member of the SU campus community, you have a lot of sustainable transportation options.
Scheduled bus service
Three different energy-efficient bus options are available when you need to go shopping. Daily service to downtown Syracuse is provided along the Connective Corridor route. The free Destiny USA Express is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. The fare is only $2.00 for Destiny USA Routes from Bird Library other times of the week. Or, the $2.00 fare can also get you to Shoppingtown Mall, any day of the week. Just remember to shop sustainably. Don’t buy it if you don’t need it, and take quality (not just price) into consideration.
And, for ultimate flexibility without the cost and hassle of maintaining your own vehicle and insurance, SU provides students, faculty and staff with access to an ever-increasing number of ZipCars. ZipCar is a short-term (hourly/daily) car rental service, where the cars are available right on campus. Fuel and insurance are included in the rate, and you make your reservations on the web–nothing could be easier. You do have to become a member, and there is a one-time registration charge, but the registration fee gets applied to your first rental or two, so registration ends up effectively being free. Also, special rules make on-campus ZipCars available to students as young as 18, so even if you can’t rent a car at the airport, you can rent a car at SU. Check it out!
Getting out of town
Why would anyone ever want to leave beautiful Central New York? It’s a mystery. But, should you ever decide you have a reason to leave (temporarily, of course), there are more–and less–sustainable ways to get... wherever. More sustainable ways include traveling by train or intercity bus. Both forms of transportation are available at the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center (RTC). And, of course, you can get to the RTC by riding Centro's Destiny USA Routes from Bird Library ($2.00 fare each way).
Sometimes, though, distance and schedule make flying the only way to go. If that’s your case, you can leave and return via Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport. At present (unfortunately), there’s no bus service directly to or from Hancock Airport. The most sustainable (and least expensive) option is probably to take a Centro bus from campus to the RTC, and then take (share) a taxi cab from there to the Airport.
Commuting to SU
Commuting via Centro
For employees who live outside the immediate area of campus, SU makes a number of attractive commuting options available. The University encourages all of us to use Centro public transit to get to campus or, if the Centro option won’t work for us, to carpool. Financial incentives are available to employees who carpool, or who take Centro to work.
If you live within a reasonable radius of campus, there’s a good chance you can board an Centro bus near your home and then ride right to campus without changing buses. The Centro/SU One Seat Ride program has identified specific bus routes and schedules which will get you to campus conveniently from areas like
- Central Square
To make commuting easier and less expensive, SU’s Fare Deal program makes monthly and 10-ride (weekly) bus passes available at discounted rates. And to make the bus even cheaper still, you can pay for your bus pass out of pre-tax dollars by signing up for a payroll deduction.
If you commute a considerable distance to get to campus, carpooling may be your best sustainable option. Carpooling with even a single additional rider takes one car off the roads, saves gas and money, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. If you've found someone or others willing to carpool with you, complete and submit an SU Carpool Parking Application. With a little forethought, every person in your carpool can save the equivalent of half (or even more) off the cost of an SU parking permit. All the cars in your carpool can share a single permit. And if someone in your carpool needs to drive to campus separately, daily parking in the Booth garage costs only $7.00 (very possibly cheaper than the gas for the extra trip).