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Alternate Transportation

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Free Campus Shuttle Service

The University of Nevada, Reno campus shuttle system provides quick and convenient transportation on campus. Three different routes help you arrive safely at your desired destination: Main Campus Shuttle, East Campus Shuttle and Sierra Spirit Bus. The Shuttle Bus Passenger Policy is strictly enforced on all campus shuttles, and we ask that you be courteous to other riders by not riding for extended periods of time. Please see the shuttle map for routes.

Regular service for the Main Campus Shuttle begins on August 25, 2014. The service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. This shuttle provides service to the following stops in 10 minutes or less:

  • North Blue Lot
  • North Shuttle Stop (17th Street)
  • West Stadium Parking Complex
  • Student Union/Knowledge Center
  • Student Services Building
  • Virginia Street Gymnasium
  • Lombardi Recreation Center
  • University of Nevada School of Medicine

East Campus Shuttle

This shuttle service is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The East Campus Shuttle service is not available during winter, spring and summer breaks. It provides service to the following stops every 20 minutes:  

  • University Highlands/Sterling Apartments (A University Highlands or Sterling Apartments transportation pass is required in order to ride from these locations.)
  • Ponderosa Village Apartments
  • Edmund J. Cain Hall
  • Earthquake Laboratory
  • Fleischmann Agriculture
  • Baseball Field/Peccole Park
  • University of Nevada School of Medicine

Sierra Spirit Bus

This service is available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily for a $0.25 fee. It services the following stops on campus:

  • South Campus 10th Street
  • South Campus 11th Street
  • Church Fine Arts
  • Lawlor Events Center
  • North Campus 16th Street
  • North Shuttle Stop 17th Street
  • West Stadium Parking Complex
  • Student Union/Knowledge Center

 Please visit the RTC website for additional information on the Sierra Spirit Bus.

Alternate Transportation

You've got choices when it comes to your campus commute! Alternatives to driving alone include carpooling, biking, walking, busing and car sharing. With any of these options, you are eligible for 5 FREE daily permits (valid in Silver 17, Green or Blue zones) for those days alternate transportation is just not possible. All you need to do is register with Parking Services as an alternate transportation user. For more information on this or any of the programs listed, please call our office at (775) 784-4654. We are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Charging Station

The University of Nevada, Reno main campus offers two electric vehicle charging stations. The stations are located on the third floor in the northeast corner of both the Brian Whalen Parking Complex and the West Stadium Parking Complex. To use the stations, you must have a valid university parking permit for the zone where the charging station is located (Silver 11 or Silver 17) and an active ChargePoint card. To register and obtain a ChargePoint card, please visit the ChargePoint website.Electric vehicle spaces are reserved for actively charging electric vehicles. Vehicles which are non-electric or are not charging will be cited.

Bicycle Parking Information – Bicycle Map

Give Bicycles 3 feet

Thank you for biking to campus! We appreciate your efforts to use alternative modes of transportation. In order to provide sufficient parking for bicycles, all bicycles must display an annual bicycle parking permit. These permits are free and may be obtained on our website or at the Parking and Transportation Services office located off of 16th Street. To request a bicycle parking permit via email, contact us at Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and bicycle identification number.

Take a look at our Bicycle Parking Map to find a location most convenient for you. When parking your bicycle on campus, please be sure to use a campus bike rack or bike locker. It is necessary to enforce this policy to abide by campus safety and ADA regulations. Bicycles may not be parked in pedestrian access routes or chained to any object other than a bike rack. For your convenience, bicycle lockers are available on campus for a fee of $30 per year as well as a $40 refundable deposit on a locker key. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Services office to ask about bike locker availability and to obtain an application. Bicycle tire pumping stations are located on campus for your use, free of charge. In addition, when you register your bike with the Parking and Transportation Services Department, you may obtain 5 free daily parking permits for those days when riding your bike is not an option.

Bicycle Theft Prevention

In order to prevent bicycle theft, be sure to use bicycle parking racks or bicycle lockers at all times. Also, secure your bike using a sturdy lock: U-bolt type locks are typically best. Always lock the frame and not the wheel, and when riding at night, secure your bike at well-lit rack. Record your bicycle's serial number and register it Free of Charge with the Parking and Transportation Services Department. If your bicycle is lost or stolen, please report it to the University of Nevada, Reno Police Department.

Campus Cycling Coalition

Campus Cycling Coalition Logo

Are you interested in learning more about cycling? Check out the Campus Cycling Coalition (CCC). The CCC is a student run bicycle advocacy club with the goal of shaping the future of bicycling on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The coalition looks to educate and encourage students to incorporate bicycling into their daily lives. Started in fall 2011, the CCC is a recognized organization under the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). For more information, visit the CCC Facebook page:

Walking / Drop Off

Get your feet on the street!

Walking is a simple, cost-effective and stress free way to get to school with a smile on your face. Each step saves you money, contributes to your health and eliminates the stress of trying to find a parking space. Say good-bye to the woes of traffic and searching for parking, and say hello to your new favorite time of day.


Beat the drive alone blues and use those extra seats in your car! Your car and wallet will thank you for saving money on fuel, maintenance and repair bills. Relax and enjoy the ride while you chat with your new carpool buddies, have some coffee or let someone else do the driving while you work on a crossword puzzle.

Designated carpool spaces are in the Green 1, Silver 17 and Silver 11 zones. Please contact our office to ask about carpool permit availability.

Can't find a carpool partner? Go to Alternate Rides to find your perfect match!

2014-2015 Carpool Application

2014-2015 Carpool Guidelines

HERTZ On Demand Car Sharing Program

Cars by the hour or day... Even if you're 18!

Whether you're going shopping, traveling or working, Hertz On Demand is on the University of Nevada, Reno campus and offers environmentally friendly cars to help you with your journey. Cars are located on the first floor of the Sierra Street Parking Complex. Look for the Hertz On Demand signs.

Hertz On Demand

Wolf Pass

Let someone else do the driving!

Affordable. Convenient. Less stressful. Sound good? Get on the bus and rest your mind. RTC can provide maps and schedules and even help you plan your best route. The Wolf Pass is only offered to students; so get yours today!

See a map of the new INTERCITY route.

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