Passenger Tips

OCC Transport provides transportation on and off campus for the Binghamton University community. Our system operates as a fixed-route, scheduled service which is based around class times and student needs. Please read the following helpful information on OCCT guidelines and regulations:

How to Ride the Bus

  • Plan ahead.
    • To find the route nearest to you and its schedule, please refer to our routes and schedules page here.
    • Please Note: Weekday and Weekend Service differs, double check you are reading the correct schedule.
  • Know when your bus is scheduled to arrive and be at the stop 5-10 minutes beforehand.
    • Wait at designated bus stops only. For your safety buses may only board or alight passengers at designated stops.
    • Since other people may be waiting for a different bus please be attentive for your bus, and flag the bus driver down to indicate that you would like to board.
    • Have your BU ID card out and ready to scan prior to boarding the bus.
      • Unsure of how to scan your ID on the bus? Ask your driver!
  • Board at the front door only, unless told otherwise by the driver.
  • Do not stand forward of the white line in the front of the bus. This is a federal safety regulation to allow the bus driver a clear field of vision.
  • Move to the rear of the bus after boarding, so that as many as possible may board the bus.
  • Pull the stop request cord to signal the driver that you would like to exit at the next stop.
  • Exit at the rear door. This will expedite the boarding of passengers.
  • Do not cross in front of the bus after exiting. Wait until the bus has pulled away from the bus stop and you have a clear field of vision in both directions before crossing the street.


  • On days of inclement weather, generally, buses will be overcrowded. Plan to leave early on those days and expect a longer trip.
    • When boarding a crowded bus, standees should move to the rear of the bus to allow additional passengers to board.
  • Laws require that no passengers stand in front of the line marked on the floor of the bus to ensure that the driver has a clear view and to protect passengers in the case of a sudden stop.
  • If you find the bus you are trying to take is consistently full, there are alternative options.
    • To find a possible alternative route nearest to you, please refer to our routes and schedules page here.
    • Consider taking BC Transit. View their website at:

Bringing a Guest with You?

  • OCC Transport is pleased to offer guest service to all eligible passengers.
    • One guest may board per BU ID card presented.
    • Please indicate to the driver when boarding that you have a guest with you. You may need to scan your ID a second time. The driver will provide further instruction if necessary.
    • Host passengers are responsible for the conduct of their guests and must be present for the duration of the guest's visit.

Riding Late Nite

  • Late nite buses are often late due to biohazard incidents and/or vandalism.
    • If you feel sick, tell the driver or monitor. A garbage can will be provided.
    • If you do vomit in the bus, you will be charged a cleaning fee.
  • There is absolutely no standing on the buses past Midnight on Friday and Saturday.
  • All buses load on campus from the barricades at the Union, as well as Downtown from the barricades on Hawley Street between State and Washington Streets.
  • Failure to follow regulations will result in expulsion from the bus.

Inclement Weather Emergency Procedure

  • In the event that the University sends out a RAVE alert warning for severe weather, the emergency procedure is as follows:
    • Buses that are on University Property (i.e. the Union, the UDC, the ITC, or the HSC) will freeze and unload passengers, the driver will turn off the bus and recommend passengers seek shelter.
    • Buses that are en route will proceed as usual until they reach University Property at which point they will freeze and unload passengers.
    • Should conditions become so dire that a bus cannot continue it will pull over in a safe place and unload passengers at the nearest public building.