Getting Around: UNH Transportation Has Options

Getting Around: UNH Transportation Has Options

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On Monday, Feb. 18, weekday bus service between Rochester and UNH will begin with the Wildcat Transit’s new Route 125/Rochester Express. Seven runs will be offered daily, Monday through Friday.  

The ride between Rochester and UNH takes about 35 minutes. The one-way fare is $1.50; passengers with valid UNH student or employee IDs ride free.  

A celebration of the Route 125/Rochester Express’s inaugural run will take place Monday, Feb. 18, at the bus shelter on Main Street near Thompson Hall after the bus arrives at 7:47 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

“We are very happy to be able to expand our transportation options, returning service to the Rochester area, home to many in the UNH community.  This is a new level of partnership between UNH and NHDOT, which is providing funding assistance for the first three years,” says Doug Bencks, university architect and director of Campus Planning.

Adding the new route is just one way UNH Transportation Services strives to meet the needs of students and UNH employees who want or need alternative ways to get to and from campus.

The new Rochester route, with stops at the intersection of Route 125 and Route 9, near to the Barrington park and ride, and at the Lee Market Basket, joins existing service to Newmarket, Dover and Portsmouth.

For those occasions when the bus won’t do, UNH has partnered with Zipcar to provide 24-hour access to hourly car rentals right on campus. All you have to do is sign up, have your driving record checked, and you can use the service anywhere Zipcars are available, on campus or beyond. UNH departments can set up business accounts for free to permit billing to business accounts. 

Faculty, staff, and students can join Zipcar for $25. Membership grants you access to ZipCars at locations across North America and Europe. Reservations can be made online and include up to 180 free miles a day; beyond that, it’s $0.45 a mile for most cars. The hourly fee includes gas and insurance. Read more here 

Carpooling is another option for commuting to UNH. Information on how it works and where to park can be found here. If you need to find someone to share a ride, check out Transportation’s ride matching program. There is even a Facebook “Wildcat Rides” page.

The guaranteed ride home program offers emergency transportation to those without a car on campus. It is designed to encourage people to use alternative travel while providing the security of knowing they won’t be stuck here in the event of an emergency. Read more.

And then there is the train. Amtrak’s Downeaster offers roundtrips daily between Boston's North Station and Brunswick, Maine from UNH’s Transit Center located at the Dairy Bar. Intermediate stops are made in Woburn, (Logan Airport connection) and Haverhill, Mass.; Exeter and Dover; and Saco, Old Orchard (seasonal) Wells, Portland and Freeport, Maine. Make a reservation or check schedules here.

Read general UNH Transportation information here