Leave your car home and find an low-or-no-carbon-footprint method of traveling to and from campus such as…
- Renting a Zip Car
- Plugging in an Electric Vehicle
- Riding the New Paltz Loop Bus
- Riding a County or Regional Bus
Scroll down for more information on each of these options.
Walk! The college campus and town is a “very walkable” community (Walkscore.com rates New Paltz as “very walkable” with a walk score of 91 out of 100).
Skateboard! “It’s the easiest way to travel across campus.”
Bike! Rent a road bike by the semester at the Athletics and Wellness Center. Support the local economy by purchasing a new bike at one of the town’s two independently owned bike shops, The Bicycle Depot and The Bicycle Rack. Click here to review the campus’ bike policy.
Rent a Zip Car! Rent a Zip Car by the day. Open to students, faculty and staff. The two zip cars are stationed at the Route 32 parking lot, ready for you to rent.
Plug-in an Electric Vehicle on campus! The college is preparing to launch its first EV charging station capable of charging two cars simultaneously at the Route 32 parking lot. Click here to learn more about electric vehicle charging stations on campus.
Take the New Paltz Loop Bus! Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) operates the New Paltz Loop Bus, a free bus service for students, faculty, and staff with a SUNY New Paltz ID. The route is a 30-minute loop that runs Mondays to Fridays from 8 AM to 10 PM (click here for weekday schedule) and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 7 PM (see weekend schedule below). Buses will stop at any safe point along the route and can be hailed with a clear hand signal. The Loop has 11 official stops including four on campus:
- On Route 32, in front of the Haggerty Administration Building
- On the Southside Loop, next to Awosting Hall
- On the Southside Loop, between Gage Hall and the Health Center
- At the intersection of South Road and Hawk Drive, near Esopus and Lenape Halls
The New Paltz Loop is a collaboration between SUNY New Paltz, the Town of New Paltz, the New York State DOT, and Ulster County Area Transit. It was spearheaded by the SUNY New Paltz Student Association under the leadership of former Student President Ben Olsen (’09) and former Student Association President Brian Gold (’09). With the support of Student Association funds, the UCAT expanded service to include weekends in August of 2014.
Take a County Bus! Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) offers multiple bus routes that go through the SUNY New Paltz campus and/or the New Paltz Bus Station located at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street. For a big picture view of all the bus routes that go through New Paltz and how they connect regionally, view this map.
Take a Regional Bus! Trailways offers bus routes throughout the state, including stops in New Paltz. The bus picks up and drops off both on campus and downtown at the intersection of Main Street and Prospect Street. Student discounts are available. Visit the Trailways website for the latest route, schedule, and fare information. Tickets are sold online, at the bus station downtown, and on campus at the Information Booth in the lobby of the Student Union Building.