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Transportation at Southern

After electricity use and heating/cooling in campus buildings, the largest portion of Southern's greenhouse gases result from transportation: official university travel and commuting. 

The university is working on making available several transportation solutions for members of the campus community.  

TRansportation Solutions


NuRide, an online ride-matching network, is a free service that is supported by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Sponsors provide rewards and special offers to NuRide members for taking greener trips and reducing global warming, traffic congestion and energy consumption

R.I.D.E.S. (Reducing Individual Dangers and Encouraging Safety)

R.I.D.E.S is a program designed to offer students a responsible mode of transportation when one is needed. R.I.D.E.S. allows students to obtain their very own Metro Card assigned to their individual student ID number. Students can register for their card at the Drug and Alcohol Resource Center. Once registered, students may call any Metro Taxi in Connecticut at any time, and swipe their Metro Card to pay for the charge.

SCSU Shuttle Services

In addition to on-campus shuttle services, Southern offers a free daily shuttle to and from Union Station in New Haven and weekend shuttle service to Hamden Plaza, Westfield Shopping Mall in Milford, and downtown New Haven.

Chartered Shuttle Services

Chartered shuttle service for group transportation is available through the University's contract with First Transit.  Chartered shuttle service is to be used for official university business.  Most times a completed travel authorization must be on file to support the chartered shuttle service.  Some examples regarding the use of chartered shuttle service may include transporting students to/from the airport, to/from a field trip location (i.e. museum, theatre, etc.) or to/from an athletic event.  For more information, or to request chartered shuttle service click here:  Chartered Shuttle Service


The U-Pass is a special transportation pass for eligible Southern students that is valid for unlimited trips during the fall and spring semesters on all CTTRANSIT local buses. The U-Pass gives you transportation freedom with no out-of-pocket expense.


Zipcar is wheels when you want them, literally. Southern has partnered with Zipcar to bring two cars to campus. Cars are available on-demand 24/7, to be reserved online by the hour or day. A great alternative to car rental or ownership!