Rutgers Campus Buses

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Rutgers Campus Buses
Rutgers LX bus rear.JPG
An LX Bus on College Avenue preparing to turn left onto Hamilton Street
Parent Rutgers University
Headquarters New Brunswick, New Jersey
Service area New Brunswick, Piscataway
Routes 11 (weekdays); 2 (weekends)
Destinations 4
Fleet 50
Daily ridership 70,000 (daily); 6 million (annually)
Fuel type biodiesel
Operator First Transit
Director Jack Molenaar
Website Campus Buses

Rutgers Campus Buses is the shuttle service used by students at Rutgers – New Brunswick to get around the different campuses. It is the second-largest bus service in New Jersey, after NJ Transit. Service is provided by First Transit all year round, including weekends and holidays. When the campus transit system is not in service, a smaller point-to-point shuttle called the "Knight Mover" is provided for the students.


Rutgers began to install new bus shelters in the summer of 2010. The new shelters incorporate red roofs to cast a red tone on the sidewalk, showcasing university colors. So far, only one shelter has been installed at the Rutgers Student Center bus stop.[1]

Director Jack Molenaar announced that the L route would be discontinued due to budget cuts, effective 28 August 2010. Molenaar called the bus a "relic" and said it was "slowest and most underutilized" of the bus routes.[2] There was significant opposition to the move, especially from graduate students and Highland Park residents who had already made housing arrangements expecting the bus to be there. After 600 people signed an online petition calling for its reinstitution,[3][4] a temporary LXc route was created for the 2010-11 school year, stopping at Cedar Lane every 30 minutes.[5] A second bus was later added to shorten wait times to 15 minutes. In addition, the three weekend buses (A, EE, L) were reorganized into two all campus loop buses (1 and 2).

After the contract with previous operator Academy Bus expired on June 30, 2011, First Transit took over campus shuttle service.[6] The main reason cited for the switch is cost. First Transit will refurbish existing buses and supply new ones for a total of 50 buses that use 20% biodiesel and feature automatic stop announcements, whereas now drivers may or may not announce stops.[7][8]

Academy has filed a lawsuit against the University over the loss of the contract.[9][10] Despite the loss of shuttle operations, the company continues to provide the chartered bus operations used for tours and other events.


There are 11 routes on weekdays and 2 routes on weekends and holidays.

Weekday Transit Lines

  • A - College Avenue / Busch (Clockwise on Busch) - After 9pm, service between Busch and College Ave is reliant upon the "H" bus
  • B - Busch / Livingston
  • EE - College Avenue / Douglass / Cook via George Street
  • F - College Avenue / Douglass / Cook via Route 18
  • H - Busch / College Avenue (Counter Clockwise on Busch)
  • LX - College Avenue / Livingston
  • REXB - Busch / Douglass
  • REXL - Douglass / Livingston

Special Weekday Service

  • C - Busch Commuter Loop
  • New BrunsQuick Ward Shuttle

Weekend Service

  • Weekend 1 - College Ave / Busch / Livingston / Douglass / Cook
  • Weekend 2 - College Avenue / Douglass / Cook / Livingston / Busch

Special Break Service

  • All Campus 1 - College Ave / Busch / Livingston / Douglass / Cook
  • All Campus 2 - College Avenue / Douglass / Cook / Livingston / Busch
  • New BrunsQuick Ward Shuttle (Runs on select days)

Former Bus Services

  • L College Avenue/Livingston via Highland Park
  • LXc - College Avenue / Livingston (Returns to College Ave via Cedar Lane in Highland Park, and River Road)
  • G Busch/Cook/Douglass via busch campus center
  • GG Busch/College Ave/Cook/Douglass via George Street

Weekends and Holidays[edit]

  • Weekend 1 - College Ave / Busch / Livingston / Douglass / Cook
  • Weekend 2 - College Avenue / Douglass / Cook / Livingston / Busch

During the school breaks, the buses use the names of the specific break in the headline of the bus. For example, during winter break the buses will read "Winter Break 1 or 2." For summer break, the bus will read "Summer Break 1 or 2," etc. The routes, however, do not change. They still follow the "Weekend 1 or 2" schedule.




First Transit was awarded the transit contract by the University, and replaced Academy Bus in July 2011. Rutgers now has more 40-foot buses, and the existing New Flyers have been upgraded.[7] A series of other changes have also taken place:

  • All buses now have automated stop annunciation to conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act[11]
  • Additional weekend buses have been added, with three running at a time at the latest hours of night
  • Buses run on Biodiesel and produce near-zero NOx and PM emissions[12]

Alternative plans[edit]

Several times over the past decade, it has been suggested that the bus system be partially or fully replaced with bus rapid transit (BRT), monorail, or light rail.[13][14] Closing College Avenue to non-bus traffic was also proposed, but indefinitely canceled in February 2010, due to excessive costs.[15] Current plans are for incorporating the Rutgers bus system into the proposed New Brunswick Bus Rapid Transit, which would be centered around the New Brunswick Station near the intersection of Route 18 and Route 27.[16][17]

Other Campuses[edit]


On Rutgers' Newark Campus, the University Police provides shuttle buses on the following routes:


In Camden, the Department of Parking and Transportation Services provides a shuttle bus that stops at Campus Center and the Law Bridge.

Buses Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rutgers University unveils transit shelter prototype". Metro Magazine. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Kypers, Neil P. (20 August 2010). "Campus bus route changes to increase service". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Save the L Bus". Facebook. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Save the L Bus". Wordpress. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Roache, Colleen (6 September 2010). "New LXc bus route frustrates students". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rutgers selects First Transit as bus operator". Metro Magazine. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Roache, Colleen (5 November 2010). "University to lower costs with new bus company". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Stokes, Timothy (2 November 2010). "First Transit Named Campus Bus Service Operator for Rutgers University". First Transit. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Academy Bus of Hoboken sues Rutgers University.
  10. ^ Contractor sues Rutgers over loss of bus contract
  11. ^ Rowe, Amy (14 September 2011). "Students express issues with new buses". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Molenaar, Jack. "Rutgers Department of Transportation Services 2011 Changes". Rutgers Department of Transportation Services 2011 Changes. Rutgers Dept. of Transportation Services. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Godfrey, Greg J. M. (29 September 2001). "Say goodbye to the future". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Murphy, Austin (22 November 2002). "Light railway, busway no help". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  15. ^ Roache, Colleen (17 February 2010). "U. trims back plans for greening project". The Daily Targum. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  16. ^ "Greater New Brunswick Are Bus Rapid Transit". NJTPA. May 2008. Retrieved 2012-040-04. 
  17. ^ "A New Face of TOD: Bus Rapid Transit". Voorhees Transportation Institute. January 2008. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 

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