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2016-2017 Transportation Fee Report


The Transportation Fee was instituted in 1999 in support of sustainable transportation and parking solutions for Stony Brook University. The Fee provides support for operating SBU Transit, Suffolk Transit Connection, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Southampton Shuttle Services. SBU Transit is the Universities' busing service which offers 7-day per week connectivity between West, East, South and R&D Park Campuses throughout the calendar year. In calendar year 2015-16, SBU Transit vehicles traveled over 602,000 service miles and in totality, SBU Transit, Suffolk Transit Connection, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Southampton Shuttle Services provided approximately 60,500 service hours to University passengers.

The sustainable transportation services offer convenient, efficient and safe modes of travel to over 50 intra and inter-campus destinations. In addition to these services, the Transportation Fee supports the procurement of new vehicles, vehicle fuel, facility upgrades, regulatory compliance requirements, office supplies, transit shelters, signage, maps, bike initiatives, SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share, SBU Smart Transit and student parking lot maintenance and additions. The sustainable transportation and parking solutions supported by the Transportation Fee help provide convenience, reduced reliance on single occupancy vehicles, and support Stony Brook University's sustainability goals.

Recent developments related to sustainable transportation and parking include:

  • Expansion of SBU Transit Service, including increased frequency of the Hospital/Chapin and Southampton Shuttle routes.
  • Purchase of three new SBU Transit buses.
  • Launch of refreshed SBU Smart Transit mobile apps.
  • Addition of new bike racks to various locations near Academic Mall.
  • Expansion of SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share.
  • Energy efficient lighting enhancements to student parking lots/areas.
  • Availability of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at a total of 17 parking spaces located in various locations.
  • Zipcar car sharing service.

Student Benefits/Impacts

The Transportation Fee provides the following benefits to students:

  • SBU Service provides intra and inter-campus bus transportation.
  • By utilizing SBU Transit, SBU Wolf Ride and other bike services, students do not need a vehicle on campus or need to move their vehicle around campus.
  • Use of mass transit alleviates parking demand, reduces traffic congestion and mitigates impact on the natural environment.
  • Snow plowing, lighting and maintenance of parking lots is performed to ensure safe, accessible and equitable parking.
  • Commuter services are available for convenience and easy University access.
  • SBU Smart Transit used to advise campus populations to changes in transportation schedules and advisories to allow for advance travel planning.
  • Customer feedback is continuously monitored, evaluated and implemented when possible to meet University demand.

Student Access

The Transportation Fee provides the following access to students:

  • Students can use the SBU Transit Service on an unlimited basis.
  • SBU Transit Service operates seven days per week, 354 days per year and is designed to meet the needs of students, including commuters and residents.
  • On fall and spring semester weekdays, the SBU Transit Service begins daily service at 5:30am and ends service at 12:30am.
  • The SBU Transit Service provides transportation service in lieu of students using their personal vehicles at the University, thereby lowering student's fuel/maintenance costs and mitigating impact on the natural environment.
  • SBU Transit offers enhanced weekend service between the Long Island Railroad Stony Brook train station and a variety of destinations on both East and West Campuses.
  • SBU Transit offers the Suffolk Transit Connection, which is available free to students on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Students use SBU Transit maps, transit shelters, and transit signage to help meet their transportation needs.
  • The fee supports SBU Transit Service improvement initiatives, including SBU Smart Transit.
  • The fee supports SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share and biking initiatives, including the purchasing of bike racks and related infrastructure in order to enhance the biking culture at SBU.
  • SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share is available to students free for the first 60 minutes of each trip and is operated throughout the calendar year.
  • The fee ensures that transit vehicles meet annual regulatory and environmental compliance requirements.
  • The fee provides support for the creation of commuter student parking spaces, as well as for the maintenance of commuter parking lots.

Contact Info

Transportation & Parking Operations
Automotive Repair Facility, Stony Brook University
Monday - Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm
Tel: (631) 63 2-6219

SBU Transit
SBU Transit Facility, South P Lot, Stony Brook University
Monday - Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm
Tel: (631) 63 2-3741 or (631) 63 2-6418

SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share & General Biking Inquiries
Office of Sustainability, Central Stores Warehouse, Stony Brook University
Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Tel: (631) 63 2-6219 or (631) 63 2-4438

Parking Permits
Administration Building, 2 nd Floor, Stony Brook University
Monday - Friday, 10:00am to 4:30pm
Tel: (631) 63 2-9316 or (631) 63 2-2455

Parking Enforcement
117 Nassau Hall, Stony Brook University
Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Tel: (631) 63 2-AUTO

Metered Lot Parking - Pay Station Issues
Tel: (631) 63 2-6407

Actual Expenditures


Transportation Services: $6,207,091

The Transportation Fee provides support for the following services and equipment:

  • 31 buses, 5 shuttles, 4 ADA vehicles, 6 vans and 2 sedans in the SBU Transit fleet.
  • Convenient transit routes and connectivity to other mass transit alternatives, such as the Long Island Railroad.
  • Suffolk Transit Connection, which provides connectivity to off campus destinations including the Smith Haven Mall, Coventry Mall and the Village of Port Jefferson on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Over 30 on-campus SBU Transit bus shelters.
  • SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share has 12 solar powered stations and over 75 bicycles.
  • Bicycle racks attached to each SBU Transit vehicle to hold bicycles.
  • SBU Smart Transit allows students to view real-time vehicle locations via the web, in bus shelter displays and mobile applications.
  • SBU Transit advertising provides additional information to students about campus services and event information.

Fast Facts, Based on 2015-2016

SBU Transit

  • SBU Transit transported over 3.75 million passengers during the academic year.
  • The Suffolk Transit Connection alone transported over 80,400 passengers during the academic year.

SBU Parking

  • University offers a total over 18,000 parking spaces and 4 parking structures on West, East, South and R&D Park campuses.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available for $2.00 per hour in a total of 17 parking spaces on campus.
  • In an effort to minimize environmental impact, SBU pay stations exclusively accept credit/debit cards for payment.

Alternative Transportation

  • Over 400 students are members of Zipcar car sharing at SBU.
  • SBU offers use of over 1,700 bike parking stalls on bike racks located throughout campus.
  • University offers ridesharing services through 511NYRideshare, which is provided by the New York State Department of Transportation.


What is Zipcar? How do I sign up?

Zipcar is the world's largest car-sharing service. If you are 18+ you can sign up and have access to any of the Zipcars on campus. You may reserve a car for an hour or the day. Gas and insurance are included. Sign-up for Zipcar membership at

Does the University offer off campus transportation?

The following off campus transportation alternatives are available to students:

I do not utilize SBU Transit. Why should I pay the transportation fee?

The Transportation Fee pays for services other than the SBU Transit, and they include the Suffolk Transit Connection, parking lot maintenance, infrastructure, snow removal, information booths, lot construction, bus shelters, bike racks, SBU Wolf Ride Bike Share, SBU Smart Transit and student employees.

Can I register for my permit on-line?

Students, faculty and staff, may register on-line for their parking permits. Click here for more information on SBU parking permits.

Do I need to pay for my parking permit? How much are permits?

A portion of the student's Transportation Fee is designated to operate and maintain Commuter parking lots and there is no cost to students for a Commuter permit. Student may also choose to purchase a Stadium Lot / Brown permit for an annual fee. Click here for more information on this alternative.

Can I park in a metered parking lot?

Yes, metered parking lots require payment at a solar powered pay station Mondays - Fridays, 7:00am - 7:00pm. Rates are $2.00 per hour, up to $14.00 per day. Parking permits are not valid at meters. Report any pay station issue by calling (631) 63 2-6407.

Can I pay my tickets on-line?

Yes, you can pay your parking tickets on-line. Click here to learn about paying your parking tickets.

Is my parking permit transferable?

A parking permit may be transferred to any vehicle being used by the original permit owner only.

Can I register another student's car?


How do I get a Stadium Lot / Brown Zone parking permit?

Click here to apply for a stadium parking permit. If the permit is sold out, you can put your name on the waitlist.

What if my appeal is denied?

You can appeal in person by making an appointment to see the Traffic Appeals Board. More information »

Can I get a parking permit if I have unpaid tickets?


If I am a resident with freshman or sophomore status, can I get a resident permit?

According to the Stony Brook Traffic and Parking Regulations, resident freshmen or sophomores are not eligible to register their motor vehicles for the resident lots. Freshman or sophomore students who feel that they have exceptional needs to register a car for on-campus parking may fill-out a petition form. More information »

Are there visitor parking permits?

No, there are not. All visitors must park in only the South P Lot, metered lots, or in parking garages. Click here to learn where visitors are permitted park.

What if my parking permit is lost or stolen?

Report lost or stolen parking permits immediately. You must go to the Bursar with your vehicle registration and SB ID. There is a $10.00 replacement fee for lost, stolen, or discarded parking permits.

What if I need a temporary handicap parking permit?
What if I forgot my permit and need to park on-campus?

The Student Accounts Office can issue you a temporary parking permit. The Student Accounts Office is located in the Administration building on the second floor.

Can I resell my parking permit?

Resale or unauthorized use of your issued parking permit is prohibited! Possession or use of a lost or stolen permit may result in criminal prosecution!

Do I have to register my motorcycle before parking on campus?

 Yes, you must register your motorcycle before parking on campus, however, a permit will not be required.

I'm a transfer student, and the Stony Brook Parking Permit System is preventing me from applying for a parking permit because my transfer credits are not showing up. How can I fix this?

Your transfer credits may take some time before they show up in our records. If the Stony Brook Parking Permit System is preventing you from applying for a parking permit because your transfer credits are not showing up, please go to the Transfer Office and request that they provide you written proof that shows the number of transfer credits coming in. Bring this paper along with your vehicle registration and SB identification card to Bursar to apply for a parking permit.

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