Shuttles/Transportation

Overview

Princeton provides extensive TigerTransit shuttle service between main campus and various other locations.  This includes a late-night On-Demand shuttle service.

The University also provides NJ Transit subsidies for students commuting from nearby areas in New Jersey and NYC.

Students interested in receiving Princeton Transit Alerts via email may subscribe to the following email listserv.

Parking on Campus

Students and their dependents must obtain a parking permit to park their vehicle on campus. This includes students who commute and those who live in campus housing.

TigerTransit

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Princeton provides shuttle service between the main campus, Forrestal campus, and University-owned housing complexes, including the GC, Lawrence, and Lakeside. There are also shuttles on Saturdays and Sundays between graduate housing complexes and local shopping centers, including Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Wegman’s. A map of shuttle routes, schedules, and a real-time bus location mapper are available on the Princeton Transportation and Parking website.

Shuttle service changes during holidays and the summer, so please check the schedules during these times. There is also an on-demand shuttle at night, which serves some areas not normally covered by TigerTransit. Kim Jackson runs TigerTransit; please send her your feedback (both positive and negative) at kimj@princeton.edu.

University Transit Subsidy

Transit subsidies and discount tickets are available for students who commute to campus on NJ Transit. Check out this website for information on eligibility and how to enroll in the program.

For more information, please see the NJ Transit “Bus Rider Guide.”

On-Demand Shuttles

During the academic year, On-Demand Shuttles run 7 days a week from 10 pm – 3 am, excluding holidays.

  • Please call the On-Demand number at 609-258-RIDE (7433) to schedule a ride. Any additional unscheduled passenger(s) will not have immediate access to their destination. They will be lowest priority and may not be able to board if seats are needed for scheduled pick-ups.
  • Shuttles may not be flagged down by passengers.  Please call to schedule a pickup.
  • The On-Demand shuttle should go wherever the regular shuttles travel (except the Weekend Shopper), plus to the Princeton Junction train station after the Dinky stops running. This includes main campus, Forrestal campus, all graduate housing locations, Canal Point Blvd and Market Fair.
  • You should only call the On-Demand when there is not already a shuttle line running where you need to go. This means that between 9pm-11pm on weekdays, when the Campus Circulator and the East Line are running, you should not call for rides from main campus locations to Stanworth, Lawrence, the GC, or Butler, and you should not call for rides from Lawrence to the GC. A reasonable guideline is that if the regular shuttle route takes less than 20 minutes, you should not call the On-Demand shuttle.

History

The campus shuttle for graduate students started in 2003, as a trial program developed by the GSG and University Services (with only the Orange Tiger-tram line previously running along Elm Drive and a much older late-night shuttle.) At the time, due to increased demand for graduate student parking, graduate students living in University housing on the new Green-line shuttle route gave up on-campus parking during the day (during the academic year when parking is in the most demand and the shuttle was running), to make enough space for graduate student commuters. It has since grown into a full-time, year-round service, with ridership steadily increasing from its inception. Through Fall 2008, the P-Rides service provided the Green-line (serving graduate student housing to campus), the Blue-line (connecting lot 21 parking to campus), the Orange-line (connecting lot 7 parking garage, lot 21 parking, to central campus up Elm Drive), and the P-Rides Express late night on-demand van. These were managed by a contract with the GMTMA, with A-1 Limousine as the shuttle provider.Starting Spring 2009 (Jan 5, 2009), the new TigerTransit system has replaced this service, with new routes, new schedules, increased service, and a new shuttle provider: First Transit.