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

Safe Ride is a campus shuttle service that makes regular stops across UNE's Biddeford Campus. Service is anticipated to begin on the first day of classes and will run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on weekends. The shuttle will stop service during driver lunch and dinner times, so please plan accordingly. Remember to bring your UNE ID card because students, faculty, and professional staff will need to swipe their ID prior to usage.

Check out our map to see where on campus Safe Ride is

Bishop Street Shuttle

Faculty, professional staff, and students can ride the Bishop Street Shuttle between the satellite parking lot at Bishop Street and the Portland Campus. The shuttle operates continuously from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. on weekdays during the academic year. Service will pause during driver lunch and dinner breaks.

Service interruptions for holidays, school breaks, and summer are publicized through the community announcements.

Check out our map to see where the Bishop Street Shuttle is and access a real-time display from the warming shelter at Bishop Street, which is accessible to all faculty, professional staff, and students with a UNE ID.

Alternative Transportation

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., accounting for nearly 27% of all the planet-warming gases produced in our country. The bulk of these emissions (almost 60%) come from the nation’s 250 million passenger vehicles.

UNE is committed to making alternative modes of transportation accessible to its community, with the hope of keeping the number of passenger vehicles on the road to a minimum. Explore ways that you can reduce your transportation-related carbon footprint on and around campus. Take a bus, share a Lyft ride, carpool, bike, or take advantage of our on-campus electric vehicle charging stations. At UNE, there is always a greener way to go.


Silver Line and Local Connections

Offering a regular schedule seven days a week, BSOOB Transit’s Silver Line transports UNE faculty, professional staff, and students to and from the Biddeford Campus and the Saco Transportation Center. From there, you 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.

Check out the local bus tracking app to find BSOOB buses

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, the 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 they connect with GP Metro on the Portland peninsula.

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

Carpooling at UNE

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 (PDF) to help users search broadly enough to find commuting partners but narrowly enough to make carpooling a pleasant experience for everyone is provided. GO MAINE also offers rewards in the form of local vendor discounts and online coupons when users track their rideshares.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Maine’s electricity grid is powered by a minimum of 30% renewable energy sources, so driving an electric vehicle emits less carbon than fossil fuel-powered vehicles. In an effort to encourage the adoption of this transportation alternative and support a lower-carbon transportation system, UNE provides charging stations on the Portland and Biddeford Campuses for our UNE community.

Purchasing EV Add-on Decal

When getting your approved parking permit, UNE faculty, professional staff, and students must purchase an EV add-on decal. The decal is $100 for the Portland campus and $40 for the Biddeford Campus and can be bought at ThePermitStore. You must park in the parking lots identified by your parking permit, regardless of EV status.

EV Owner Collaborative

Purchasing an EV add-on decal will register you in our EV Owner Collaborative program, where you will receive access to the contact information of other UNE charging station users. You will receive periodic updates about the program and expansion efforts, and have the ability to coordinate with other users.


Visitors should email the Office of Safety and Security to obtain a day pass for charging on campus. Charging is on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed, please plan accordingly.


Signage at each charging station location provides instructions for charging access. Please email the Sustainability Office or Office of Safety and Security with questions.

View the charging station access instructions

Charging Station Locations

Biddeford Campus

  • Alfond Forum Lot 31 General: Two Level 2 charging ports with four designated parking spaces in the parking lot.
  • Campus Center Lot 20 Faculty/Staff/Commuter Students: Five Level 2 charging ports with ten designated parking spaces.
  • Campus Center Lot 7 Faculty/Staff: Two Level 2 charging ports with two designated parking spaces against the rear of the building. These chargers were installed with a grant that requires UNE to make them available to the public until February 2025, while this lot is restricted to faculty/staff parking, community members are also currently allowed to charge here.
  • Alumni Cottage Lot 1 Faculty/Staff: Two Level 2 charging ports with two designated parking spaces.

Portland Campus

  • Bishop Street Lot 11 Faculty/Staff/Students: Eight Level 2 power-sharing charging ports with eight designated parking spaces, and 62 Level 1 outlets at the light poles throughout the parking lot. EV owners must supply their own charging cables.
  • Ginn Hall Lot 5 Faculty/Staff/Students: Two Level 1 outlets against the rear of the building, with two first-come, first-served parking spaces.
  • Abplanalp Library Lot 6 Faculty/Staff/Students: Two Level 1 outlets against the rear of the building, with one first-come, first-served parking space

Expansions Coming Soon

There will be additional EV charging capacity behind the new Harold and Bibbey Alfond Center for Health Sciences in fall 2024.

Nor'Easter Bike Share

To register for the Nor’easter Bike Share program, download the On-Bike Share app on your Android or Apple phone. Register using your UNE email, and complete the prompts that follow. You will use the app to check out and return bikes as well as report damage or maintenance needs.

The program is free, and bikes are available at three locations: Campus Center, Forum, and Padua residence hall.

Rental periods are four hours. You can use the integrated bike lock to secure the bike to any rack during your rental period. You can see a list of bike rack locations on the Outdoor Recreation webpage.

Bikes may be taken off campus and transported on the Silver Line or other public buses. Bikes must be docked at one of the three docking stations at the end of your rental period or by 11 p.m.

For questions or concerns about the Nor’easter Bike Share program, contact the Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Recreation at (207) 602-2495.

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 many 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 their car at home. This year’s incentives include:

  • $300 Flex dollars useable at select dining venues on and off campus
  • $300 Follett gift card useable at UNE Bookstore

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

Lyft Ride Share

UNE encourages students to use Lyft for trips that don’t coincide with the bus schedule.

The Biddeford Campus has two designated Lyft pickup and drop-off locations, at the Campus Center and Alfond Forum bus shelters. The free app can be used to hail a ride, connect with your driver, and pay.

If you have a car, are over 25, need a flexible work schedule, and would like a little extra cash, consider becoming a Lyft driver. Having Lyft drivers on campus increases the efficiency, cost, and environmental effectiveness of the service. It’s great when we can help each other get around and service our community.


For More Information
Office of Sustainability
Facilities Management/Safety and Security 132
Biddeford Campus
(207) 602-2507


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
11 Hills Beach Road
Biddeford, ME 04005-9599
(207) 602-2298