College Commuting: Buses vs Cars


Suffolk County Transit bus rte. S-58 to Riverhead pulls into the Ammerman Campus.

Julio Avila

The daily commute can seem like a maze, navigating through the roads trying to find your way to school. Some drive, and some take the bus, but what some may not know is the advantage of one way of transportation over the other.

Some students like the comfort of driving themselves to school, but may not like the traffic that forces them to be trapped in, or perhaps the price of gasoline. Some may like using cheap alternatives such as the bus, but may hate the wait, or delays that could plague the system.

Either way, students know how to get around, and how to deal with the commute. Asking both car drivers and bus riders what their method of transport is, what they think of it, and what their reasons are, one can get a sense of each transportation, and see which option is best fitted to meet the needs of that student.

With the campus accessible to many of the major roadways nearby, such as Nicolls Road adjacent to the campus, Portion Rd to the south, the Long Island Expressway (I-495) even farther south, and Middle Country Rd to the north. One will be able to find their way to, and from the campus by car.

“I enjoy driving a lot since I have the choice to choose the temperature and play any type of music I’d like. I can also drive at my own speed and take whatever route I want” said, Bryce Butler, former student at the Ammerman Campus.  Butler added, “There are plenty of benefits like leaving to go to school or home at any time of the day. I don’t need to check a schedule and wait every time I leave.”

While he seems satisfied, Butler mentioned some details that left him disgruntled.

“The only things that I wouldn’t like about driving is that you need to pay for a parking sticker, or at least at Suffolk you do, and also it’s probably more expensive with gas depending on which car you drive.”

Other car drivers have the same views when it comes to driving to the college.

“Yes, I do enjoy driving to school. It’s less time, and more convenient than walking,” said Allen Arons, current student attending the Ammerman Campus. “Gas is expensive” added Arons.

Students who may not have the luxury of a car, or have a constraining budget may rely on county- wide bus service provided by Suffolk County Transit. The Ammerman Campus is served by five different bus routes, which serve many communities, and connect to other routes along the way.

The five routes that serve the campus are the S58 (East Northport- Riverhead; via Jericho Tpke and Middle Country Rd), S63 (Smith Haven Mall- Patchogue; via Middle Country Rd and Waverly Ave), S71 (SUNY Stony Brook/ Stony Brook Long Island Railroad Station- Mastic/Shirley; via Nicolls Rd and Horse Block Rd), 6A (Coram- Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad Station; via Mooney Pond Rd and Portion Rd) and 6B (Smith Haven Mall- Farmingville; via Mark Tree Rd and Boyle Rd). Schedules and system maps are available at

“Riding the bus is cheap, more convenient and saves gas,” said a bus rider who requested for her name to be withheld. “You meet new people and even make new friends” she added. However, she did express a negative rant towards her choice of transportation, “It’s a pain to wait. Weather and traffic can delay a bus, which make it inconvenient, and at times has forced me to arrive at school late.”

Another bus rider had the same opinion.

“It’s cheap, and relaxing as I do not have to worry about finding my way to the campus”, said this bus rider who also requested to have her name withheld. “At times, there is traffic on the roads, especially on route 25 which can delay the buses from getting me to school on time” she added.

Campus bus stops are located by the Southampton Building and the Norman F. Lechtrecher Building.

2 responses

  1. Great article Julio

  2. […] the first part of this segment, “College Commuting: Buses vs. Cars,” ( students shared their preferred method of transport and their reasons why. With the winter season […]

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