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 is a campus shuttle service that makes regular stops across UNE's Biddeford Campus. Service is anticipated to begin on August 25, 2021 for 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.
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.
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 Flex dollars useable at select dining venues on and off campus
- $300 Follett gift card useable at UNE Bookstore
- $300 Lyft credit
*If you purchase a permit later, you will be billed for the cost of your incentive. Limited to your first year at UNE.
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.
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.
An added bonus to carpooling to UNE is preferential parking spaces — see the carpool policy for faculty/professional staff (PDF) or carpool policy for commuter students (PDF) for more information.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but unlike gas stations for fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, charging stations for electric vehicles are few and far between. 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 email 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.
Lyft Ride Share
In addition to offering free Lyft credits as an incentive for first-year students to leave their cars at home, 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 app is free and can be used to hail a ride, connect with your driver, and pay for the ride.
If you have a car, are over 25 years of age, need a flexible work schedule, and would like a little extra cash in your pocket, 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 own community.
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.
For More Information
Office of Sustainability
Facilities Management/Safety and Security 132
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