Greater Binghamton Area
The Binghamton area consists of the city of Binghamton (east of campus) and its various suburbs, including the village of Johnson City (north of the river from campus), the village of Endicott (northwest of campus), the town of Vestal (in which BU is located), and the village of Owego (20 miles west of campus, in Tioga County). Other villages and towns in the area include Port Dickinson, Whitney Point, Lisle, Windsor, Deposit, Kirkwood, Conklin, and Susquehanna Depot, PA.
The Susquehanna River runs east-west through the community, separating Vestal and the south side of Binghamton from the villages. The Chenango River intersects the Susquehanna in downtown Binghamton.
Most of Greater Binghamton is in Broome County, though the area includes Tioga County in NY and Susquehanna County in PA. The area is home to approximately 250,000 people.
Getting Around Binghamton
Buses provide transportation to most major residential and business areas in Greater Binghamton. The county-run BC Transit provides bus service for the entire community. The student-run OCCT, or the Blue Buses as they're known on campus, provide service complementing BC Transit that is catered to students. Between the two, service is offered 7 days a week, from as early as 6:00 am to as late as 4:00 am. Service is free for students when they display their current valid BU ID card.
A number of taxi companies service the area, and provide service 24 hours a day. Below is a list of several services. Please contact the companies for updated information.
- A-1 Courtesy Cab - (607) 723-2000
- Checker Cab New York - (607) 722-2227
- Checker Cab - Upstate NY - (607) 724-2090
- City Cab - (607) 722-2422
- Owl Taxi - (607) 723-8388
- Whalen's Taxi - (607) 722-3447
- Yellow Cab - (607) 722-2322
There are several main thoroughfares connecting the Binghamton area. Route 434, the Vestal Parkway, runs from downtown Binghamton (where it crosses the Susquehanna River), past campus and through Vestal, into Tioga County. Route 201 and Route 26 provide important river crossings, with 201 leading to Johnson City and 26 to Endicott. Route 201 also acts as a connector to the local expressways - Route 17/Interstate 86, Interstate 81, and Interstate 88. Route 17C spans Main St. in Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott, heading towards Owego. US Route 11 (Front St./Court St.) acts as a local thoroughfare, connecting Chenango Bridge to Binghamton and Kirkwood. Route 7 (Tompkins St./Brandywine Hwy.) connects the south side of Binghamton and Conklin to downtown and Port Dickinson. Route 363 (North Shore Dr.) is an important connector between downtown Binghamton and local expressways.
Day Trips/Getting Away
The Binghamton area is served by three major highways. NY Route 17/Interstate 86 is an expressway connecting the Southern Tier of New York (Jamestown, Elmira, Corning) with New York City and the Catskills. Interstate 81 runs north-south, going to Watertown, Syracuse, and Scranton. Interstate 88 meets the NYS Thruway just outside of Albany.
Long-distance bus service is provided by Greyhound and Shortline (Coach USA). Many major cities upstate are served, as well as New York City. The bus depot is located on Chenango St. in downtown Binghamton, near the intersection of Henry St.
ESCAPE, a Student Association sponsored organization, provides bus service to New York City and Long Island every weekend as well as every school break with tickets sold at a discounted price. For more information, contact the ESCAPE office at 777-6178.
The Greater Binghamton Airport, located off Exit 71 on Route 17 (10 miles from campus), provides flights on US Airways, United, Northwest, and Delta, with service to Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, Detroit, Atlanta, and New York JFK. For those willing to drive further, Syracuse's Hancock International Airport and Scranton's Wilkes-Barre International Airport are about 75 miles away, but provide a larger array of service.