In general, the public transportation system in Rochester is reliable and convenient, if underutilized by upperclassmen. Freshmen take advantage of it, seeing as they don't have cars on campus, but the use of the RTS system drops off as students find other ways to get around. But if you need to get from A to B, the current bus system is a viable option in certain circumstances. It's also free to use for UR students-a big plus if you are constantly riding the routes. The shuttles out to the far dorms are also nice to have, especially in the dead of winter. The large international airport is literally one exit past UR, so hopping on a flight is quick and easy, and the train station is 10 minutes away in downtown also.
RTS is usable if you don't mind a somewhat roundabout and longer trip to wherever you need to go. You can survive by using the UR special bus, which runs to the mall and the grocery store twice a week, and by relying on friends for other trips. Routes run through the entire city, and to the Medical Center complex, as well. Not many people actually use the buses a lot, however, except for Eastman students who have to go back and forth between River Campus and downtown to their campus. If you do use it, though, you'll find a clean, safe system on which to ride. Other forms of transportation are easy to find and reliable for any farther travel needs.