Student status scores Fairbanks-wide transportation

MACS buses are a good option for students who need to get off-campus. Photo: Travis Olsen

MACS buses are a good option for students who need to get off-campus. – Travis Olsen / Sun Star


Spencer Tordoff / Web Editor

For new UAF students living on campus, especially those without access to a car, getting around Fairbanks can daunting. But there’s no need to befriend (and then harass) someone with a car just to get where you need to go. Free transportation options for UAF students can get you to destinations on- and off-campus in safety and comfort.

Need to get to class, but don’t want to hike outside when it gets cold? The UAF shuttle bus can get you across campus quickly without having to brave the cold. The Yukon route travels between Wood Center and the West Ridge from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with stops at Reichardt and the MBS complex. Other routes provide access to the Nenana parking lot, Patty Center, and other student housing, and special service is provided to and from UAF hockey home games at the Carlson Center.

Shuttle locations and time estimates can be found at and displayed and shuttle stations. More information UAF shuttle routes and runtimes can be found at the UAF Facilities Services website, or by calling (907) 474-7433.

Getting off campus can be a little bit trickier, but there’s good news—your PolarExpress card grants you free, unlimited access to the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Commuter System (MACS). Buses run Monday through Friday, with reduced service on Saturdays and no coverage Sundays.

The Yellow line provides hourly service between the UAF Wood Center and Fred Meyer West.  Also of note are the Red and Blue lines, which can take riders to the Johansen commercial district and downtown Fairbanks. Bus route information can be found at the Wood Center bus station on Yukon Drive, while full route information and real-time status updates can be found at the MACS website.

With these options, there’s no reason to stay cooped up all winter. Make sure to get out, see the sights, and stock up on dorm room necessities—while you give your friend with a car the day off.

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