Bus schedule changes FAQ

Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, the University enacted bus schedule changes.

Are there any special transportation accommodations provided during Opening Weekend?

During Opening Weekend, as is the case each year, the university will have extra bus services in order to allow students that reside on the South Campus to use Stampede and shuttle service for travel to and from Opening Weekend events. 

What changes are being made to the university bus schedule?

The changed 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 schedule continues a successful pilot program from 2016-2017 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 after 9:30 p.m. between UB’s North Campus Residence Halls and the South campus on Fridays and Saturdays. After 9:30 p.m. a service running every half hour will be available for students and staff needing transportation between the Silverman Library on the North Campus and the South Campus.  The university will monitor the service 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 adjusts 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 made in 2017-18 is a modification to an existing service and does not decrease the level of service to students.  In fact, the university expanded 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 expands bus service to entertainment venues to offer students alternatives to weekend parties

How will the changes be communicated to students?

Schedule changes are posted on UB’s parking and transportation website as well as the MyUB website.  UB’s parking and transportation administration also communicates changes directly to students through various student groups, including the Residence Hall Association and the Student Association. Residence hall advisors 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 has bus service changed due to the medical school moves downtown?

The UB Blue Line continues to connect the south and downtown campuses Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, Departures are now every hour, previously they ran twice per hour.  Students of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have received a NFTA Bus and Rail access pass that allows for free and unlimited use of all NFTA buses and rail.  Parking is available at the LaSalle Station or on the South Campus in the Main-Bailey Lot.