With temperatures as low as they are, you probably want to spend as little time walking to class as possible. This is especially true if you happen to live in relatively distant housing complexes such as Province or Colony. You may have used the buses before, but with winter upon us you are more than likely going to be riding the bus more or less daily. Knowing how to most efficiently use RIT’s bus system is an important part of getting around campus in wintertime.
Below you’ll find detailed descriptions of all the routes on campus. But before we get into the routes, I have some general several tips and tricks to make your bus trips more efficient:
Know when your bus gets here
There are several ways to check the bus schedule. You can visit the RIT Parking and Transportation website to see a full list of schedules. Another option is to use the TransLoc Locator App. This app allows you to track the exact location of your bus via your phone, and is available for all of RIT’s shuttle routes.
If phone is dead, use the TransLoc app
The TransLoc app is available online as well, so you can check the schedule and bus routes on a computer.
Getting to the bus stop on time
Make sure to get to the bus stop about 5 minutes early. If the bus is on schedule or running late, and there is no one at the bus station, it will not stick around for long.
If you’ve missed your bus, and class is in 15 minutes…
If you find yourself in this situation, all hope in not lost. You’ll be cutting it close, but the buses are staggered. So in many cases, you should have time to walk to the nearest bus stop besides your own. A nice central one is the stop along Perkins Road, which all buses will stop at if they see someone waiting.
If you live in the back of Province and it’s, like, 2 degrees outside…
If you live in the very back of Province, you know the struggle of walking anywhere. Especially if you live in the 8000s or buildings nearby. However, you may not know that there is a short path connecting Province and Colony Manor, which is right next to Province. To get to it, simply walk behind building 8000 and it should be right near the back left corner. Why does this pertain to the bus route, you might ask? In some cases, it’s faster to walk to the Colony Manor bus stop via this path than to walk to the Province bus stop.
The Perkins-Park Point bus stops at Perkins Green Last
If you live in Perkins Green and just want to get home a little quicker, there are two solutions to this, but they both involve some walking. If you hop on the Perkins-Park Point bus, your best bet is to pull the yellow stop request cord near dorm side and hop off in K-Lot, which is across the street from Sol Heumann Hall. Another trick is to get on the Colony-Province Bus and walk from Colony Manor or Province. Which one is best depends on the part of Perkins you live in. The lot is best if you live in the front of Perkins, whereas getting off at Colony or Province is best if you live in the 100’s or the back.
Now that we’ve covered these basic tips, here is information about each bus route at RIT:
Daytime Apartment Routes
The most common routes for RIT are the routes from the various apartment complexes to Gleason circle on weekdays. These routes are especially handy for getting to class. RIT shuttles begin running from all RIT apartments around 7 a.m. Each complex has at least one bus running to it for the majority of the day. These buses generally run at 15 to 20 minute intervals.
The Perkins Green Route has one bus that runs at approximately 15 minute intervals. The bus has scheduled stops at Gleason Circle, Perkins Green, and the Residence Halls starting at 7:00 a.m. every weekday. The last Perkins-Only Bus runs at around 4:00, arriving at Gleason Circle around 4:05. After this, the route is folded into the Perkins-Park Point Route.
The Park Point route has two buses, to accommodate the larger population of Park Point that run at approximately 20 minute intervals. Bus starts service at the Park Point North bus stop, which is near the clubhouse and Lovin’ Cup. at around 7 a.m. The route continues through Park Point and stops at Barnes & Noble, Park Point South (right near Perkins Green), the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle. The last bus leaves Park Point North just before 4 p.m., and is replaced with the Perkins-Park Point Route.
The Colony Manor bus route has one bus that begins service at about 7:15 a.m. every weekday from the Colony bus stop. The route stops at Colony, the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle and has about a 15 minute round trip. The last bus leaves Colony Manor just after 4:05 p.m., and the route is folded into the Colony-Province Route.
Province has one extra-long bus serving the route, starting every weekday at around 7:15 a.m., and has about a 25 minute round trip. It makes stops at Province, the Residence Halls, and Gleason Circle. The last bus runs at about 4:15 p.m., after which it is folded into the Colony-Province Route.
Note: The Province bus generally stays at the Province stop for quite a while, so if you are running to catch a different bus, it’s a good choice.
Off Campus Weekday Routes
RIT operates two weekday shuttle routes off campus, running to the RIT Inn and Racquet Club regularly between 7 a.m. and about 2:00 a.m. the next day. The RIT Inn and Raquet Club are the most distant RIT-owned housing, so the bus is even more vital for residents than any other complex. In theory, you could walk to class, but that may take a bit longer than you are willing to put in. Good exercise though.
The RIT Inn has one bus running to it beginning at 7 a.m. on weekdays. The route is longer than any of the other housing routes, so it has 30 to 45 minute round trip, depending on the time of day. The bus stops change throughout the day, starting with a route of RIT Inn, Residence Halls, John Street Tech Park, and Gleason Circle, and adding a stop at Barnes and Noble after 6 p.m. This route runs until 8:20 p.m., when it is folded into the Inn-Racquet Club route.
The Racquet Club bus route has one small bus that begins service at just before 7 a.m. on weekdays. The stop is not as well defined as other bus stops, such as the full shelters of Perkins or Colony. The bus picks riders up behind the Racquet Club building at the edge of the parking lot. The bus has a fair distance farther to go than the other shuttles, so it has a half-hour round trip. It’s a good idea to plan accordingly. The bus makes stops at not only Racquet Club and Gleason Circle, but University Commons, Riverknoll, Global Village, and the Residence Halls. This route runs until 8:20 p.m., when it is folded into the Inn-Racquet Club route.
University Commons and Riverknoll
Due to their close proximity to academic side, UC and Riverknoll do not have their own bus routes. However, the Racquet Club bus makes occasional stops at the complexes, as well as Global Village, on its way to campus. These stops happen about every half hour or so.
The dorms do not have a bus route of their own, however, this does not mean that there is no way to catch a bus. The Residence Halls have a sheltered bus stop behind Kate Gleason Hall, where the Perkins, Park Point, Province, AND Colony Manor bus routes stop on their way to Gleason Circle. So if you live in the dorms and are not too keen on your eyes freezing shut, simply take the tunnels to the exit nearest the stop and wait for a bus to roll through. This is also helpful for RIT apartment residents who need to pick up something heavy from the post office, or are simply heading to class after grabbing a package.
After about 4 p.m. most apartment bus routes are consolidated and begin running less frequently. It begins with Perkins-Park Point and Colony-Province both being folded into 2 routes rather than 4. By later on in the evening, all local apartment routes are folded into the East Side Late Evening Shuttle. The RIT Inn and Racquet Club shuttles are also consolidated, running as a single route from around 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The Perkins-Park Point bus starts running after the conclusion of service of the Park Point and Perkins Routes, which is around 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. The route makes all the same stops as the Perkins and Park Point Routes, starting with Park Point North and working its way over Perkins Green before heading back to Gleason Circle. The time between buses is also longer than the two routes it is created from, taking about 25 minutes to make a round trip. This bus runs until about 6:20 p.m., when it is folded into the East Side Evening route.
The Colony-Province route begins service at around 4:15 p.m. on weekdays, leaving from Gleason Circle. The route takes over from the separate Colony and Province Routes. It makes stops at Gleason Circle, Colony Manor, Province, and the Residence halls, taking about 25 minutes to make a round trip. This bus runs until about 6:20 p.m., when it is folded into the East Side Evening route.
The East Side Evening Route is the final route that goes to the nearby apartments, consisting of all the routes from the rest of the day. The bus starts service from Gleason Circle at 6:05 p.m., and travels to every single apartment stop from the day over the course of its 30 minute scheduled round trip. This bus runs the latest as well, ceasing service to campus at 1:30 a.m. the next day. After this, unfortunately, you will have to walk home.
The RIT Inn-Racquet Club route begins service at 8:20 p.m. on weekdays, combining the Inn and Racquet Club Routes. This route makes all the stops from these routes except for the John Street stop from the Inn route. Being such a long route, the bus is scheduled to take about 50 minutes to make a round trip. The route makes this journey until just before 2 a.m.
If you need to make it to campus early during the weekend, the Weekend Early Morning Route runs to all housing locations starting at 7:10 a.m. on weekends. This bus makes almost every stop from all the other apartment routes, so the round trip takes the better part of an hour. But, it is the best way to get to campus early on weekends if you cannot walk there. The bus stops at the RIT Inn/Racquet club section of the route first, stopping at Gleason Circle before proceeding to the housing locations near campus. This route stops service at 9:47 a.m.
The RIT Inn-Racquet Club weekend route starts service at 10 a.m. on weekends. It shares the route of combined RIT Inn-Racquet Club route on weekdays, with the exception of Barnes & Noble. Because of this, the round trip is scheduled to be about 10 minutes shorter. This route runs until 1 a.m., with an extension to 3 a.m. on Saturdays in conjunction with the TE3 route, which provides transportation to the East Avenue area in downtown Rochester.
The weekend East Side Evening shuttle shares the same route as its weekday counterpart, only it begins service about four hours later. It begins running at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, running to Perkins, Park Point, Province, Colony and the Residence Halls. It take the same amount of time as the weekday shuttle to complete a route as well, about 30 minutes. This route concludes service at 1:50 a.m.
For many RIT students, getting off campus can seem like a hassle. Maybe you don’t have access to a car. Possibly your roommate won’t let you borrow theirs anymore, especially after that incident with a shopping cart. Whatever the reason, you still occasionally need to get out into the world for groceries and the sake of your sanity. There are buses that run off campus every day via RTS, specifically Route 24. However, this is not a free service. Weekends, however, have the RIT Weekend Retail Shuttle. This will take you to areas such as the Marketplace Mall, Wegmans, Wal Mart, and several other major stores in the area surrounding Jefferson Road.
The route uses one large jointed bus that starts service at 9:50 a.m. on weekends from Gleason Circle, going to the various retail locations from there. It stops at eight locations around Henrietta, such as Wegmans, Wal-Mart, Target, and South Town Plaza, as well as all the apartment complexes near campus. Because of this, the bus has a very long round trip, taking an hour to make a loop. This makes it imperative that you plan ahead and keep a close eye on the time while shopping. The route runs until 9:50 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.