Transportation

On-Campus Transportation

Campus Shuttles

Administered by the Transportation Office, campus shuttles are available to students, faculty and staff. Show your valid Brown ID each time to get on a shuttle van. Shuttle details -- including the schedules, a map of stops and shuttle routes, and the real-time Shuttle Tracker -- are available on the Transportation website. 

  • Brown shuttles: Fixed-route shuttles. The Daytime Shuttle provides  service between Brown/RISD, the hospitals, downtown, and the Jewelry District. The Evening Shuttle provides evening service around the Brown campus. See the Transportation site for schedules and maps.
  • RISD Rides: Brown and RISD students may ride either school's shuttles with a proper Brown or RISD ID. See the RISD Rides page for routes and schedules.
  • Live off campusBrown onCall arranges rides for Brown ID holders between a Brown University campus building and a rider’s off-campus residence within the defined coverage area (check the Brown onCall web info for a list of ineligible addresses). Registration is required. Make sure your correct off-campus address is on file in your selfservice Banner info.
  • SEAS onCall is reservation-based transportation for Brown community members who have disabilities and need assistance getting around campus. Requires registration with Student & Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS).
  • Injured? SEAS coordinates services and accommodations for students who have injury-related needs -- such as providing transportation from an off-campus apartment to class for a student with a broken leg.

Safewalk

If you live on the Brown campus in an area not served by the shuttle and don’t want to walk home alone, use Safewalk, a program run by Brown students that provides point-to-point walking escorts. Safewalk details are available on the Public Safety website.

Bicycles

Many students bring bicycles to campus, although the cold air and slick surfaces of the winter months restrict riding during that part of the year.  Residence halls have Bike Rooms for indoor storage. We have installed additional of bike racks at the entrances to many buildings; please do not lock your bike to a handrail as this makes getting into or out of the building difficult for someone who needs the handrail or the full width of the ramp. 

To decrease the risk of theft always lock your bike (whether outdoors or in) using a theft-deterrent type of bike lock, and register your bike with Brown Public Safety.

Public Transportation

Swipe your Brown ID when you board the bus. The Rhode Island Public transit Authority (RIPTA) is the Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority. Current faculty, staff, and students are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anytime, anywhere in Rhode Island at no charge. Brown’s investment in the UPASS program is the latest effort in one of many transportation initiatives benefiting employees, students, and the broader community.   RIPTA details are available on the Transportation website.

Zipcar

Need a car to run errands for the afternoon, get to an appointment off-campus, or go with friends to the go-cart track in Seekonk?  Zipcar is an internet-based service that allows you to rent a car for an hour or two or for an entire day. Zipcar details are available on the Transportation website.

Student Parking

Brown’s parking facilities, administered by the Transportation Office, are available to active employees, emeriti, graduate and medical students, and a limited number of junior and senior undergraduates. Notice of application for student parking permits is sent by email or Morning Mail when application opens.

Getting to the airport, train or bus station

Taxis and airport shuttle in Rhode Island

You can take a taxi from campus to the train, bus station or airport.

  • Call a taxi company (Google search) or use an airport shuttle/limousine (a van or mini-bus). Taxis provide greater flexibility.  Airport shuttles run on fixed schedules with specified pick-up locations.

  • If you need to leave early in the morning, remember to call a company the day before to arrange a precise time and location for pick up.

MBTA commuter train to T.F. Green Airport

MBTA commuter trains provide service between Providence and T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, RI. MBTA trains leave from the Providence Amtrak Train Station (near the Providence Place Mall).

  • To get to TF Green: Take the MBTA commuter rail from the Providence Train Station south to TF Green Airport.  Check the schedule for the Providence/Stoughton Line (Outbound from Providence to TF Green, or Inbound from TFGreen to Providence).

  • To get to Boston/Logan: Take the MBTA commuter rail from the Providence Train Station north to South Station, then switch to the Silver Line to Logan Airport terminals. For instructions, check the Getting to Logan info on the MBTA site.

Bus service to T.F. Green and Logan Airports

RIPTA bus service may be used to get to T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, RI. Peter Pan Bus Lines may be used to get to Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston, MA.

  • To TF Green, RIPTA buses leave from Providence Kennedy Plaza (downtown). You can walk to Kennedy Plaza or take a bus from the Thayer Street tunnel. On the RIPTA website, select Schedule & Fares, Trip Planner to identify your bus and time (Tunnel mapping address is 218 Thayer St, Providence). Current students who show Brown ID are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anywhere within the state at no charge.

  • To Boston/Logan, Peter Pan buses leave from the Providence Bus Terminal (2 miles north of campus, take a cab from campus to the Peter Pan bus terminal)