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UB and Public Transportation

Information for International Students, Scholars and Employees

This page provides information on how to use public transportation at the University at Buffalo as well as in the surrounding Buffalo/Niagara region.

University at Buffalo Transportation Services

There are three main forms of transportation provided by the University: the UB Stampede, UB Shuttle Services and Buffalo Blue Bicycle services.

UB Stampede

The UB Stampede provides free bus service between the North and South Campuses.

The Stampede North Campus stops are located at:

  • Flint Loop
  • Hadley Village (weekends only)
  • Governors
  • Lee Loop (with connecting service to Ellicott)
  • Ellicott Complex (weekends and after 5:00 p.m.)


South Campus stops are located at Goodyear Hall and Main Circle.

Weekly schedules can be found at:
www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/parking/schedules.php

UB Shuttle Service

The UB Shuttle Service provides transportation to destinations on- and off- campus. Small shuttle buses service the campuses and the Mall/Market bus provides transportation to off-campus locations.

On the North campus, the small shuttle lines are: Red, Green and Yellow Lines, and the Ellicott Express. For more information about destinations and schedules, please visit:

www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/parking/ncampus.shtml#red

On the South Campus and Downtown Campus, the small shuttle line is the Blue Line. This shuttle provides transportation from outlying parking areas and buildings on the South Campus, and facilitates travel between South Campus and the Downtown Campus. The shuttle also provides a convenient link to the inter-campus bus stops at Main Circle and Goodyear Hall. For more information about destinations and schedules, please visit:

www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/parking/dtown.php

The Mall/Market Shuttle is a bus resembling the UB Stampede. This shuttle provides transportation to the Boulevard Mall, as well as Wegmans and Tops Food Markets located on Maple Road. The front of the bus indicates “Mall/Market”. The door of the bus will indicate if the bus originates and returns to the North or South Campus. For more information about destinations and schedules, please visit:

www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/parking/mshuttle.shtml


How to Get Around Buffalo/Niagara Using Public Transportation

The public transportation system in the Buffalo/Niagara region operates under the name “Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority” or “NFTA”. The system consists of Metro bus and Metro rail service.

Metro Bus

Schedules for Metro buses can be found on the NFTA website:

www./metro.nfta.com/Routes/

A schedule typically includes the route’s map, the trip’s zone(s), times and stops/stations.  A one way ride costs $2.00 for adults. Day and monthly passes are also available. Visit the NFTA website for more information:www./metro.nfta.com/Routes/

If you want to plan a trip to a specific destination, you can use the NFTA’s Trip Planner at www./metro.nfta.com/Trip/

Metro Rail

The Metro Rail is a one-line rail/subway service. It starts at UB’s South Campus and travels to the southernmost point of downtown Buffalo. Ticket vending machines can be found at all rail stations.

The cost is $2.00 for a one-way ticket and $4.00 for a round-trip ticket. Your ride is free when the Metro Rail travels above the ground on Main Street in the heart of the city.

Below are some useful tips when you use the NFTA system.

  • Buses might run a bit ahead or behind schedule. It is a good idea to arrive a little early at the station/stop.
  • When you want to exit the bus, pull the cord above the windows.
  • Priority seating at the front of the bus/rail is for disabled and senior persons.
  • Be sure you have a current bus schedule as routes and times may change.
  • Be sure you collect all personal belongings upon leaving bus/rail.
  • When riding the bus, be sure that you have the exact fare. Note: Drivers cannot give change.
  • Rail tickets are frequently checked by NFTA personnel, even though travel is based on the honor system.

Other Modes of Transportation to Destinations Outside Buffalo

Are you are interested in traveling to destinations outside Buffalo? Here are some ways you can explore the U.S.

Nationwide Buses

Greyhound bus service is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,100 destinations with 16,000 daily departures across North America. For more information and prices, please visit: www.greyhound.com/

Megabus is a low-cost daily express bus service in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on destinations and prices, please visit: www.us.megabus.com/Default.aspx

Nationwide Train Service

Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states on 21,000 miles of routes. For more information, please visit: www.amtrak.com

Online Air Ticket Booking

There are many online companies that provide competitive prices for flights in the U.S. and around the world. Here are some of the most popular ones:
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