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Buses

Yale Buses

Yale's buses are neat because they're tracked by GPS. You can always find out where they are.

**please note that there is no written schedule posted**

  • And there's an iPod/iPhone/Android app by “TransLoc” too!
  • For the smartphoneless, you can also text a number with a stop code to get times.
  • Note: GPS is usually, but not always completely accurate

New Haven Buses

ASA Transit

Associated Student Agencies (ASA) sponsors buses to / from Yale and JFK, LaGuardia, and Bradley International airports. If you're going to New York though it's probably still cheaper to take the MetroNorth train, and then the NY subway / buses. ASA Transit is more for the convenience than for cost.

  • Fall Break? (yet to be seen in 2012)
  • Thanksgiving Break
  • Spring Break
  • Beginning / end of the semester

Train Service

Getting to the Station

  • Walking
    • Map
    • Walk down Church Street until George Street, go left (East) on George Street for a block, cut diagonally through the giant train station parking lot, go under the I-95 overpass (intersection of State Street and North Frontage Road), and walk straight on Union Avenue for another block or two. Union Station is on the left, just past the New Haven Police Department complex.
    • Not recommended when you're by yourself, at night.
  • Yale Shuttle
    • Serviced by the Blue Night bus.
    • Red Line bus on weekdays, during the day; runs every 15 minutes.
  • New Haven Shuttle
  • Taxi
    • Call Metro Taxi (203-777-7777) in advance to order a taxi to leave Phelps Gate for Union Station at the desired time.
    • For returning to the airport, there's a taxi stand at the train station and there's always taxis lined up to take people to Yale (or elsewhere).
    • Costs roughly $7-9, plus tip.

Metro-North

To Grand Central Station in New York

  • Schedule - when does the next train leave?
    • Official Schedule http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm
    • Easy-to-use schedule http://bettermetronorth.com/
    • Coo-Coo
      • Text the number 266-266 (Coo-coo) where you're going from and where your going to in order to get the next train times.
      • ie. text GCT to New Haven, then it will give you the next 4 or 5 train times).
      • It's very useful if you're in NYC need to know when you need to get to Grand Central to catch the next train.
  • On-Peak (weekdays only) [1]
    • $19.50 (2012 March 16) [2]
    • Trains arriving to Grand Central between 5:00 am and 10:00 am
    • Trains departing Grand Central between 5:30 am and 9:00 am; and between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • Off-Peak
    • $14.75 (2012 March 16) [3]
    • All other trains; all weekends and holidays
  • Converting an off-peak ticket to on-peak ON the train costs $7
  • Buying a ticket on the train is ALWAYS much more expensive than at the station
  • Get a 10-pass!
  • You can also buy MetroCards (for New York Subway and New York City Bus) in the ticket vending machines in Union Station.
  • Subway 4, 5, 6, 7, and S (Times Square shuttle) lines stop at Grand Central.
  • Subway maps are available in the Amtrak information office in Union Station.

Amtrak

  • Kind of pricey.
  • Get tickets on the Amtrak website or at the train station.
  • Make sure to take advantage of the 15% student discount (through Student Advantage).
    • Careful: some shorter routes (e.g. to New York Penn Station) are cheaper off-peak WITHOUT the student discount than with it.
  • Try to buy at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure the cheapest fares. If you're booking a sleeper car (long-distance trains), make a reservation ASAP, best if a few months in advance.
  • Avoid Acela Express. The Regional service is a little slower but consistently a fraction of the price.

Airport Transportation

Watch airline prices online!

CT Limo

  • Pros
    • Convient location
    • No Stops
    • Goes to all major airports
  • Cons
    • Expensive
    • Known to be late
    • Stops at LGA on the way to JFK

Go Shuttle

  • Pros
  • Cons

QConnShuttle

  • Supposed to be much cheaper!

Check it out here

Public Transportation

To Logan

  • Take Amtrak/Megabus to South Station
  • Take Silver Line bus to Logan

To JFK

  • Take Metro-North to Grand Central
  • Take 6 train (uptown) one stop to 51st street
  • Take E train (Queens-bound) to Sutphin Blvd/Archer Ave/JFK Airport
  • Take AirTrain to your terminal

To LaGuardia

Two methods:

  • Take Metro-North to Harlem-125th Street Station
  • Take M60 bus to LaGuardia

Or:

  • Take Metro-North to Grand Central
  • Take 7 train (local, Flushing-bound) to 74th St/Broadway
  • Take Q33 bus to LGA

The second method takes longer but you don't have to wait for the bus on the street in Harlem (74th st/Broadway station has a bus terminal so it's really obvious where the bus stops). And on the way back, getting on the Metro-North at Grand Central rather than Harlem-125th street makes you more likely to get a seat.

To Newark

  • Take Amtrak to Newark Airport station
  • Take AirTrain Newark to the terminal

Notes

  • For JFK or LaGuardia, a good rule of thumb is to take a Metro-North train that leaves New Haven about 5 hours before your flight. This should get you to the airport 2 hours before the flight, which leaves some leeway for delays on the transit system (which can happen).
  • Check www.mta.info for delays/service changes on the Metro-North, Subway and New York city bus.

Bicycling

http://www.elmcitycycling.org/

http://www.newhavenbikecollective.com/

Critical Mass (a leaderless, 'spontaneous' event) meets at the flagpole on the Green the last Friday of every month at 5:30. Come!

Repairs

College Street Cycles is right past Old Campus and a good repair shop, but the Devil's Gear in Wooster Square has a much larger stock of bikes on hand and is only a half-mile walk from campus. The owners of both - Bob Jacobson and Matt Feiner, respectively - are great, and have well trained staff (and both sponsor the Yale Cycling Team!). These and other bike shops around offer some discounted (sometimes even free!) repairs to bikes you buy from their shop, which is very helpful - ask for specifics.

Where to get a bike

  • College Street Cycles
  • Devil's Gear
  • Craigslist (make sure it's in good condition before buying!!)
  • And avoid Walmart/department store bikes! They are put together by stock-room staff who have no special training in bike maintenance, and are often made of much cheesier, heavier materials. Not worth the $ savings to have a bike that falls apart a year later and is a pain to ride in the meantime.

Locking bike/safety

Register your bike in case it gets stolen See the Yale Public Safety Bike site.

Invest in a good bike lock with a cable. Bicycles get stolen. Tires get stolen too. On Old Campus & in colleges it's safe enough (usually) but anywhere cityfolk can access is more dangerous. Don't leave your bike parked outside for extended periods of time (e.g. Spring Break). Seriously, bicycles have been stolen.

Also you've gotta wear a helmet, don't be dumb.

New Haven laws

Driving

Car Rentals

  1. Friends - If you have a friend with a car, you could ask them to drive and you can compensate them. The most fun option:)
  2. ZipCar is most reliable way to rent a car in New Haven, but you have to get an account with them first (and pass a test?)
    • Weekdays ~$8/hour
    • Weekend ~$9/hour
  3. Friends With Wheels - This website facilitates finding Yalies to rent cars from. Not sure if it actually works
    • But only submit a request when you really want one - it sends an email to the drivers list?
    • Send them feedback and they'll probably turn into what we want them to be;D YourFriendsWithWheels@gmail.com

Getting a license

http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=244732

  1. Practice driving - with anyone 20+ years old, who's had their license for four years
    • "A person 18 years of age or older can practice driving without a learner permit as long as their privilege to drive hasn’t been suspended or revoked in any state. The person must be under the instruction of a commercial driving school instructor, secondary school instructor or a person 20 years of age or older who has held a license, which has not been suspended, for four or more consecutive years prior to training."
  2. Take an 8-hour course
  3. Take an in-person test at the DMV. Must take this test in a car on which you have insurance. You have to either:
    1. Have a friend who has a car which has insurance which covers infrequent driving by other people.
    2. Pay for a rental car from the driving school

If you get a CT driver's license what does that mean for your home ID and/or citizenship? Does it relate to taxes?

Parking

Long-Term Parking

  • Off-campus is cheapest
  • Yale Garage?

Short-Term Parking

  • Parking is free on many streets, wherever there is a sign that says so. Trust the signs, but they're almost always
    • Weekdays after 7pm
    • Weekends all day
    • Free parking might not last forever (ref).