The Rutgers Buses

Rutgers – New Brunswick sits on 2,681 acres of land along the Raritan River. So unless you have a car or picked up a few cans of Red Bull and some running shoes, chances are you’ll be taking a Rutgers Bus to your destination.

The bus system can be a little confusing at first with seemingly random letters and abbreviations that don’t make sense, but it’s fairly simple once you’ve gotten lost a few times, heckled some people for directions, and read the transportation site. Most Rutgers students memorize the bus routes they will use the most during the year, but it is still valuable to know where each bus goes and the routes they take.

Listed below are each of the bus routes in bold, the campuses it travels between, and the bus stops (in parenthesis) in order.

Note: after the last stop in the parenthesis, the bus route goes back to the starting bus stop (at the beginning of the parenthesis)

Buses that stop on College Ave:

A, College Ave – Busch (Rutgers Student Center (RSC) -> Scott Hall -> Student Activities Center (SAC) -> Busch Visitor Center -> Stadium West Lot -> Werblin Recreation Center Back Entrance -> Hill Center -> Sciences Building -> Library of Science & Medicine -> Busch Suites -> Busch Campus Center -> Buell Apartments -> Werblin Recreation Center Front Entrance -> back to start)

H, College Ave – Busch (Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> Student Activities Center -> Werblin Recreation Center Front Entrance -> Buell Apartments -> Busch Campus Center -> Davidson Hall -> Library of Science & Medicine -> Allison Road Classroom Building (ARC) -> Hill Center -> Stadium West Lot -> back to start)

H After 9 PM, College Ave – Busch (Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> New Brunswick Train Station on Somerset Street -> Student Activities Center -> Werblin Recreation Center Front Entrance -> Buell Apartments -> Busch Campus Center -> Davidson Hall -> Library of Science & Medicine -> Allison Road Classroom Building (ARC) -> Hill Center -> Stadium West Lot -> back to start)

EE, College Ave – Cook/Douglass via Downtown (Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> Train Station on Somerset Street -> Paterson Street (Rite Aid: Southbound George & Paterson Street)  -> Rockoff Hall -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> Red Oak Lane -> Lipman Hall -> Food Sciences Building -> Biel Road -> Labor Education Center -> Henderson -> Katzenbach -> Gibbons -> College Hall -> Public Safety Building North -> Liberty Street (George & Liberty Street) -> Paterson Street (Burger King: Northbound George & Paterson Street) -> Train Station (George Street) -> Zimmerli Art Museum -> Student Activities Center -> back to start)

F, College Ave – Cook/Douglass via Route 18 [faster way to get to College Ave, but skips downtown stops] (Student Activities Center -> Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> Food Sciences Building -> Biel Road -> Katzenbach -> College Hall -> back to start)

LX, College Ave – Livingston [Express via Route 18] (Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> Student Activities Center -> Beck Hall -> Lot 100 -> Livingston Student Center (LSC) -> Quads -> Health Center – back to start)

LX After 9 PM, College Ave – Livingston [Express via Route 18] (Rutgers Student Center -> Scott Hall -> Train Station on Somerset Street -> Student Activities Center -> Beck Hall -> Lot 100 -> Livingston Student Center -> Quads -> Health Center – back to start)

 

Buses that don’t stop at College Ave:

B, Livingston – Busch (Livingston Student Center -> Quads -> Health Center -> Werblin Recreation Center Back Entrance -> Hill Center -> Sciences Building -> Library of Science & Medicine -> Busch Suites -> Busch Campus Center -> Beck Hall -> Lot 100 -> back to start)

RexL 7AM-9PM, Cook/Douglass – Livingston (Red Oak Lane -> Lipman Hall -> College Hall -> Beck Hall -> Livingston Student Center -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> back to start)

RexL 9PM-11PM, Cook/Douglass – Livingston (Red Oak Lane -> Lipman Hall -> College Hall -> C-Town (George & Morris Street) -> Beck Hall -> Livingston Student Center -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> back to start)

RexB 7AM-9PM, Cook/Douglass – Busch (Red Oak Lane -> Lipman Hall -> College Hall -> Hill Center North -> Allison Road Classroom Building -> Hill Center South -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> back to start)

RexB 9PM-11PM, Cook/Douglass – Busch (Red Oak Lane -> Lipman Hall -> College Hall -> C-Town (George & Morris Street) -> Hill Center North -> Allison Road Classroom Building -> Hill Center South -> Public Safety Building South -> Cabaret Theatre/Jameson -> back to start)

C, Busch Commuter Shuttle (Stadium West Lot -> Werblin Recreation Center Back Entrance -> Hill Center -> Allison Road Classroom Buildings -> Hill Center -> back to start)

 

Weekend Buses:

Weekend 1 (College Ave -> Busch -> Livingston -> College Ave -> Cook/Douglass -> College Ave)

Weekend 2 (College Ave -> Cook/Douglass -> College Ave -> Livingston -> Busch -> College Ave)

 

You can find .pdf files of all of the bus routes here at the Department of Transportation Services website.

 

Other Tips:

  • Some bus lines stop running around 9pm. I once got on a RexB at the Hill Center at 8:45pm after waiting for half an hour. It went to the next stop on Busch then kicked everyone off. If you ever get stuck in that position, take a bus to College Ave and transfer to another bus. It’s a pain but that’s the R U Screw.
  • Red Oak Lane aka Passion Puddle is the bus stop of death and lost dreams: The EE, F, RexL, and RexB all hit this C/D stop. Maybe for a few seconds. Maybe for 5 minutes. Maybe for 20. Red Oak Lane is where the bus drivers take breaks and switch shifts. Your time here is unpredictable. If you can walk to your destination from College Hall, Jameson, or Red Oak, do it.
  • NextBus is your frienemy: You relax because you think your bus is coming in 12 minutes, then you turn around and NextBus jumps to “Arriving in 2 minutes.” When you get to the bus stop 15 mins early because you’re afraid of being late, the bus will come as scheduled. Next Bus is a good resource, but it’s not always reliable. Don’t use it as a crutch. If you need to be somewhere, get to the bus stop early.
  • Never be afraid to get lost (On campus during the daytime at least): Although this isn’t the best thing to try when you’re in a rush, take the time to wander around campus on a bus or on foot. You’ll find quick paths around campus, buildings you never knew existed, and random eateries.
  • Ask for directions if you need them: Rutgers has nearly 40,000 students. If you ask around someone will know where your destination is and how to get there.

Hope this helps!

Arman Shan says:

My Orientation Leader said that there will be a new bus system this year…is this the new system or the old one? Is it even changing?

Anonymous says:

As of now we haven’t heard anything about the buses changing. These are the bus stops as of now. We figured if there was going to be a chance of the magnitude Rutgers would let the students know, but if it does change we’ll have something up as well

Dave P says:

The pdf files on the Dept. of Transportation website indicate changes and updates in the bus system for the 2011-2012 academic year, so the routes named in this article should be fairly accurate. For example, the LXC bus route pdf has gone missing (perhaps out of commission) and the F bus route has dropped some stops, making it much faster than last year.