2017-18 bus schedule changes FAQ

What changes are being made to the university bus schedule?

The new schedule expands bus service to late-night programming in the Student Union on the weekends as well as to local eating, shopping and entertainment venues.  The new schedule continues a successful pilot program from last year that provides on-campus students with Saturday night bus service to entertainment areas on Walden Avenue, including the Galleria Mall. 

Changes to the bus schedule also include the discontinuation of bus service that ran from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. between UB’s North Campus Residence Halls and the South campus on Fridays and Saturdays. An expanded service will be available during those hours for students and staff needing transportation between the Silverman Library on the North Campus and the South Campus.  The shuttle that will be used for this route holds 25 passengers — half the capacity of Stampede buses. There is no option for standing. The university will monitor the shuttle to ensure it is used for its intended purpose. 

Why are these changes being made?

Each year we evaluate university operations and services based on feedback from students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Based on this feedback, our ongoing discussions with members of the local community and in keeping with UB’s mission to enhance the overall student experience and engage with the communities we serve, the university has adjusted its bus schedule. 

The health and safety of students and their educational development, especially those new to our campus, is among the university’s highest priorities.  The university is committed to providing accessible safe transportation to our students, as well as educating our students about healthy behaviors. 

Does this new schedule represent a decrease in transportation services?

No, the changes to the 2017-18 schedule is a modification to an existing service and does not decrease the level of service to students.  In fact, the university is expanding some of its bus service: Bus service will still be available for students who travel at night for work or study, and the new schedule will expand bus service to entertainment venues to offer students alternatives to weekend parties

How will the changes be communicated to students?

The schedule changes are posted on UB’s parking and transportation website as well as the MyUB website.  UB’s parking and transportation administration will also communicate the changes directly to students through various student groups, including the Residence Hall Association and the Student Association. Residence hall advisors will also communicate these changes to students.

Were students involved in the decision-making?

Yes. Each year UB evaluates university operations and services based on feedback from the UB and local community, and that includes feedback from students.  

Was community feedback a factor in the decision to change the bus schedule?

This decision was made based on feedback from the university and local community.  Among the factors considered were students’ transportation needs, students’ access to labs, libraries and other educational resources, and students’ desire for access to alcohol-free entertainment, as well as our neighbors’ quality of life.   

Will the new schedule fully meet the needs of students who travel between campuses for work or study?

Under the new schedule, students who travel between the North and South campuses for jobs or study on weekends will have access to an expanded UB bus line that will run every 30 minutes.  

How will busing change when the medical school moves downtown?

Currently the UB Stampede services the downtown campus Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. We are assessing the needs of the UB community as the medical school move approaches.  Plans and changes associated with that move will be communicated during the fall semester.