For many new students, navigating the Rutgers buses can be confusing and overwhelming at times. To aid in your transition to becoming a connoisseur of Rutgers buses, here is a basic guide to buses at Rutgers to make your day an easier one.
Unfortunately, Rutgers buses have yet to possess the ability to fly over traffic. During rush hour the buses may take a bit longer than they would during off-peak hours. There are also A LOT of Rutgers students making their way around campus during these times so buses can fill up pretty quickly. If you are taking a bus between four and seven p.m, make sure to leave at least 45 minutes before your class starts. This way you won’t be angrily running to class late.
2. Bus Etiquette
These are just a few small tips to help make your Rutgers bus experience better and to help those around you. When getting on a bus, make sure to let people get off before you get on. This way we avoid awkward glances and bumping into strangers. If you have a bag try not to leave it on the seat next to you. Sometimes the buses can get very crowded and it’s good to leave space for others to sit. You do not want to be that person. Lastly, move to the back of the bus whenever possible! We Rutgers students have things to do and places to go, so we have to make sure we fit as many people on the bus as possible. If you see the bus is filling up and people are still trying to get on, try to condense to the back of the bus and let others get on the bus as well, it could be you one day needing that F bus to get to your class on College Ave hoping that others make space for you!
3. Express Busses
The RexL and the RexB are express buses that run directly from either Cook/Douglass to Busch or Cook/Douglass to Livingston. They DO NOT stop at the Quads on Livingston or any of the residential areas on Busch. The RexB only stops at the Hill Center and Allison Road stops which are the Busch academic buildings. The RexL only stops at The Plaza and The Livingston Student Center. For all those who live on the Livingston or Busch campus: do not be fooled! You may think this tip is pointless but trust me it will save you an unwanted trip all the way back to Douglass.
4. Weekend Buses
You may have gotten used to taking one bus to get from campus to campus, however, buses at Rutgers operate a little differently during the weekends. Instead of multiple busses that run individually throughout each of the campuses, the weekend buses do a loop around all of the campuses. There are two routes: The Weekend One and the Weekend Two. The Weekend One goes from College Ave to Busch and Livingston then to Cook/Douglass while the Weekend Two goes from College Ave to Cook/Douglass then to Livingston and Busch. If you need to get anywhere on the weekend, be sure to look at the bus schedule an hour in advance because the Weekend buses run about every forty-five to fifty minutes. Quick tip, both weekend routes meet in the middle at The Student Activities Center. If you are on College Ave you can get directly to Livingston or Busch from the SAC stop and this can save you some time and make your trip a little shorter!
5.The Game Day Busses
Game days at Rutgers are some of the most exciting times on campus that you will ever experience. Thousands of students will be making their way to Busch campus’ Highpoint Solutions Stadium to come together in enormous amounts of school spirit and cheer on our BIG Ten team! Buses on Game days also operate a little differently. Instead of just having the normal Weekend busses, busses also run to specific stops on each campus and go directly to and from the stadium. This makes our commute to the game a lot easier, and you may also encounter a bus ride full of students chanting our fight song as they travel down Route 18!
Lastly, thank the bus drivers and always be good citizens on the bus!
Without the buses, it would be impossible to get around campus. The bus drivers take us where we need to go from early in the morning to late at night. They are there when it is really hot and when it is really cold! Without the bus system, we Rutgers students would be lost! Always remember to show your gratitude to the bus drivers, our silent Rutgers heroes! Also, take care of the bus. Do not leave trash or dirty up the floors or the seats and always be kind and courteous to everyone you see on the bus.
If you follow all these great tips we can make everyone’s commutes a little easier and a little happier. So get out there and conquer while having fun and safe journeys across campus! Good luck!