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

Amtrak Station (Providence, RI)

  • TAXI – Internet search on "Taxi companies Providence, RI" or take note of the taxis you see on campus. If you need to leave early in the morning, call a company the day before to arrange a precise time and location for pick up.
  • BUS - Use the RIPTA  Trip Planner to find a bus from Thayer tunnel to Amtrak Station; use the "arrive by" time function and allow plenty of time. You may need to do two "trip plans" - one for Thayer Tunnel to Kennedy Plaza, and a second for Kennedy Plaza to Amtrak Station (e.g. bus 92 will take you through the tunnel to Kennedy Plaza, then you walk 200 ft to another bus sign where the 56 leaves Kennedy Plaza and will drop you at Smith & Francis Sts at the corner of the Amtrak Station).

Logan Airport (Boston, MA)

  • BUS 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) or from Kennedy Plaza. Check the Peter Pan website or call Peter Pan customer service for schedules and fares, and to reserve your seat. 
  • TRAIN - MBTA commuter rail trains leave from the Providence Amtrak Train Station near the Providence Place Mall. Use the MBTA Trip Planner to plan your train trip from PROVIDENCE STATION; use the "arrive at" time function and allow plenty of extra time.  To Boston/Logan Airport, take the MBTA Providence/Stoughton commuter rail to South Station, switch to the Silver Line bus to Logan Airport terminals.  Please read the Getting to Logan info and the Events and Holidays info on the MBTA site for specific instructions and changes in hours of services on holidays! Check carefully for service alerts that may change train times or stops. The Providence/Stoughton line is INBOUND to Logan and OUTBOUND to Providence.

T.F. Green Airport (Warwick, RI)

  • BUS - RIPTA buses leave from Providence Kennedy Plaza (downtown). You can take a bus from Thayer Street at the tunnel to Kennedy Plaza. Current students who swipe their Brown ID are able to ride any RIPTA bus or trolley anywhere within the state at no charge. On the RIPTA website, use the Trip Planner to identify buses  from Thayer Tunnel to TF Green; if you enlarge the map, it shows where to walk when you change buses in Kennedy Plaza.  
  • SHUTTLE - TF Green Airport Taxi/Shuttle information lists a phone number for the Providence Shuttle.
  • TAXI – Internet search on "Taxi companies Providence, RI" or take note of the taxis you see on campus. If you need to leave early in the morning, call a company the day before to arrange a precise time and location for pick up.
  • TRAIN - MBTA commuter rail trains leave from the Providence Amtrak Train Station near the Providence Place Mall. Use the MBTA Trip Planner to plan your train trip from PROVIDENCE STATION; use the "arrive at" time function and allow plenty of extra time. To TF Green, take the MBTA commuter rail Providence/Stoughton Line ( Outbound from Providence to TF Green, or Inbound from TFGreen to Providence). Visit the MBTA site for the schedule, and check carefully for service alerts and Events/Holiday advisories that may change train times or stops.