Parking Policy

Students, professional staff, faculty, and visitors who wish to park on the Portland or Biddeford campuses must display a parking permit. Students with vehicles should register them with the Permit Store. Enter "UNE" in the Permit Store search bar for a variety of parking choices. Temporary parking permits are furnished to guests of the University and part-time employees. For more information about parking permits, view our Parking Policies

Safe Ride

Due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions Safe Ride has been suspended for the fall semester. While Safe Ride is suspended, if you have any safety concerns while walking on campus, call the Office of Safety and Security at (207) 602-2298 for a courtesy escort.

While the BSOOB Transit’s (Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach) Yellow Line is on campus, they will provide rides back and forth across the Biddeford Campus between the Alfond Forum and the Campus Center for roughly thirty minutes multiple times each day.

Alternative Transportation

UNE offers transportation alternatives designed to preserve the green spaces on our campuses and to practice one of the University's most cherished core values: stewardship of our environment. 

Go Maine Rideshare

GO MAINE Commuter Connections is an online rideshare resource sponsored by the Maine Turnpike Authority and Maine Department of Transportation. These organizations have created a UNE-specific landing page for our faculty, professional staff, and students. Registering takes only minutes and a tip sheet is provided to help users search broad enough to find commuting partners, but narrow enough to make carpooling a pleasant experience for everyone. GO MAINE also offers rewards in the form of local vendor discounts and online coupons when users track their rideshares. An added bonus to carpooling to UNE is preferential parking spaces — see the carpool policy for faculty/professional staff or commuter students for more information.

Big Blue Goes Green Incentives

Bringing a car to campus is expensive. Parking permits are prorated following each quarter and parking spaces are not guaranteed. There are lots of ways to get around without bringing a car to campus. Additionally, first-year and transfer residential students (incoming fall classes only) who opt not to bring a car to campus may qualify for $300 financial incentives for leaving your car at home. This year's incentives include:

  • $300 Nor’easter dollars useable at select dining venues on and off campus
  • $300 Follett gift card useable at UNE Bookstore
  • $300 Lyft credit

*Note: Should you purchase a permit later, you will be billed for the cost of your incentive. Limited to your first year at UNE.

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Buses

Yellow Line and local connections

Offering a regular schedule seven days a week, BSOOB Transit’s Yellow Line transports UNE faculty, professional staff, and students to and from the Biddeford campus and the Saco Transportation Center. From there, passengers can switch to several local buses to provide more flexibility for your commute. You just need to present a UNE ID card. Visit the BSOOB Transit website for routes, schedules, and the new bus locator tool.

Regional connections

UNE students, faculty and professional staff can ride the Greater Portland Metro and South Portland buses for free with university ID cards. Greater Portland Metro services Westbrook, Falmouth, Portland peninsula and as far north as Freeport and Brunswick. South Portland buses service the Southern Maine Community College and Willard Beach areas, the Maine Mall area, and in between and connect with GP Metro on the Portland peninsula. 

BSOOB Transit’s Zoom Turnpike Express offers weekday service from the Biddeford and Saco turnpike exits to downtown Portland.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but unlike gas stations for fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, there isn’t a charging station for electric vehicles on every corner between home and UNE. Since Maine’s electricity grid is powered by a minimum of 30% renewable energy sources, driving an electric vehicle emits less carbon than traditional vehicles. In an effort to encourage the expansion of this transportation alternative, UNE has installed charging stations on the Portland and Biddeford campuses. Electric vehicle owners should contact the Sustainability office to register their cars for the program. We require vehicle and contact information and a willingness to collaborate with other drivers to communicate and share the chargers. While charging is free, drivers will still need the required parking permits.

Contact

PHONE NUMBERS FOR BOTH CAMPUSES:

Emergency Phone Number: 366
Non-emergency Phone Number: 2298
From off campus: (207) 283-0176

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Office of Safety and Security
3 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
(207) 602-2298

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