Walking Escort Service
Because the first resources for safe student transportation on campus are the Birnie Bus and Centro bus systems, safety escort requests to DPS during bus hours may be to the nearest bus stop. You should familiarize yourself with the bus schedules and plan your activities around the schedule.
When the buses are not available (generally from 3 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.), DPS staff will provide a walking or riding safety escort to SU students, faculty, and staff from on-campus or near-campus locations to another on-campus location, or if necessary, your near-campus residence. If buses are not running, the escort may be directly to a residence hall, south campus residence (if the Birnie Bus Warehouse Express is running, Main Campus to South Campus escorts may be referred to this service) or other near-campus residence.
Walking Escorts are provided for SU students, staff, and faculty on Main Campus from academic buildings to residence halls or parking facilities, and vice versa. The program operates from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. throughout the academic year. After 11:00 p.m. DPS staff will provide either a walking or riding safety escort if no transportation services are available.
Walking escorts can be requested by calling 315.443.7233 (SAFE).
About the Shuttle Escort Service
Please read the Safety Escort Frequently Asked Questions before requesting a shuttle safety escort.
DPS provides shuttle escorts and walking escorts to ensure that members of the campus community arrive safely to their destinations. As such, the shuttle services are secondary resources to other established transportation methods, including Centro buses.
Safety escort requests during bus hours may be to the nearest bus stop. You should familiarize yourself with the bus schedules and plan your activities around the schedule. When the Centro buses are not available (generally from 3 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.), DPS staff will provide a walking or riding safety escort to SU students, faculty, and staff from on-campus or near-campus locations to another on-campus location, or if necessary, your near-campus residence.
We encourage University students, staff and faculty to utilize the shuttle service ONLY when other safe transportation methods are unavailable. We reserve the right to redirect callers to other transportation services, if services (like Centro bus routes) are readily and safely available. Each shuttle escort phone call is evaluated on a case-by-case basis for such recommendations.
Please note that groups of three or more persons are considered a safe walking group. If a group of three or more calls requesting a shuttle escort, they will be referred to available transportation services or advised that three or more persons is considered a safe walking group.
The safety escort service is not a commuter ride service. These escorts are solely for your safety and not for convenience. For your convenience, please utilize the Centro buses or call upon local taxi services, which are readily available and listed in the local phone book. While the Department of Public Safety does not endorse any particular taxi company, a listing of Syracuse taxi companies can be found through yellowpages.com.
Shuttle-U-Home provides free transportation from campus for Syracuse University students, faculty, and staff who reside off campus within a designated geographic area. The shuttle runs daily from 8:15 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. during the academic year.Please note that the shuttle will take you to YOUR residence, and no place else.
To use the shuttle, you must present your SU or ESF ID and sign up in the Students for Community Safety (SCS) office at 019 Watson Hall.
The Shuttle-U-Home program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis; you cannot reserve a spot on the shuttle. The shuttle holds seven passengers, and the length of the trip depends on the number of passengers and their destinations, as the shuttle does not operate on a fixed route.
Keep in mind that the shuttle can be delayed due to weather and/or traffic conditions.
Other reminders about the Shuttle-U-Home service:
- If weather causes poor road conditions, the shuttle may be cancelled at any time during the hours of operation, due to safety issues.
- The shuttle is unable to transport infants or toddlers due to lack of safety equipment.
- The shuttle is unable to transport bicycles.
- The shuttle does not leave immediately upon your arrival. The shuttle will leave 10-15 minutes after the first person registers for the trip.
- The shuttle is not a taxi service. Please help the driver of the shuttle with the location of your residence.
The service, with one driver and one monitor, departs from Watson Hall and operates within specific boundaries.
THE SHUTTLE WILL NOT TRAVEL BEYOND THE LISTED BOUNDARIES, WHICH ARE MAPPED HERE. Shuttle-U-Home does NOT operate to areas covered by CENTRO buses or Birnie Bus shuttles, including: Manley Field House, South Campus, University Village, Nob Hill Apartments, or Park Point Apartments.
TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE BOUNDARIES, YOU CAN TAKE A CENTRO BUS, OR CALL FOR SHUTTLE 44 AT 315.443.7233.
For more information about the safety escort services that the Department of Public Safety provides, read over our Safety Escort FAQs.
Shuttle 44 is another free shuttle service, available to members of the Syracuse University community. The shuttle runs:
- Sundays 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
- Mondays 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
- Tuesdays 11 p.m. – 5 a.m.
- Wednesdays 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
- Thursdays 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
- Fridays 11:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
- Saturdays 11:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.
To request a ride from Shuttle 44, call the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.SAFE (7233). Unlike with Shuttle-U-Home, you do not have to sign up at Watson Hall. You can simply call 315.443.SAFE, and if your destination is within the Shuttle 44 boundary map, the shuttle will be dispatched to your location.
As with Shuttle-U-Home, Shuttle 44 does not operate to the areas covered by CENTRO buses or Birnie Bus shuttle services during their hours of operation. Requests for safety escorts during bus hours may be to the nearest bus stop.
Late Night Orange Express
The Late Night Orange Express is a shuttle service operated by Birnie Bus bus company on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, from 3:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The shuttle operates three routes:
- College Place to the Mount and South Campus
- College Place to Sadler, Lawrinson, and Brockway/Brewster/Boland
- College Place to Euclid, Westcott and East Genessee Street
This service is free, but a SUID is required to board. Please see the Parking Services Shuttle Information page for shuttle times.