Transportation

Location
Normal, AL
Undergrads
3,771
Tuition (in-state)
$12,774 ($7,182)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Transportation: The only perk about transportation is the BTS bus transit that take you to class. If you do not have a vehicle it is basically like EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The BTS will take you all around the hill if you get on the right one at the right time yes they can get crowded and we could use some more bus drivers but they come in A LOT on handy

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We take a shopping trip every Friday that goes to the mall and Wal-Mart and target.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is a must in order to go somewhere.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation is very helpful and convenient. The buses helps us get to classes fast and easy. The bus drivers are nice and try to tend to your need.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 212nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 321st
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1279th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The best way to get around town is the public transportation system. It is 50 cents for students, and transfers are free. The bus will take you pretty much anywhere in Huntsville. It goes to the mall, Walmart, the local Wells Fargo, and downtown. These are the main places that students need to get to. Luckily, students only have to take one bus to travel to any of these places. The bus picks up students right in front of the school, so students don't have to travel far to the bus stop. For the most part, the public transportation system is pretty reliable. There have not been many instances where the buses have broken down or not shown up. Occasionally, the bus may run a few minutes late, but that's it. The only downside about using public transportation is that they don't run very long. Most buses start running at 6 a.m. and stop at 5 p.m. There are some buses that stop at 6 p.m., but those buses come to A&M. The only two buses that pick up students are the 7 and the 8; these buses stop running at 5 p.m.

If a student needs to catch a ride to the airport, the best way to get there is to ask a friend with a car. If that doesn't work, you can always ask one of the faculty members or a close professor. Teachers are very understanding, and most of them don't mind helping their students. But, if there is no one that can transport you to the airport, you can catch a taxi. It's a little expensive, but it's your only option if you can't find a ride.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Friend with a car
Local Taxi Services
There are some taxi companies in the area, like the Huntsville Cab Company and Rocket City Cab; however, hailing a taxi is probably the most expensive selection of all the transportation options.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Huntsville Public Transportation

If students have a valid ID, their fare is only 50 cents.

(256) 427-6857

500 Church St. NW #B, Huntsville

www.hsvcity.com/Publictran/public_trans.php

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Huntsville International Airport

This airport is only about 10 minutes from Normal.

1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd., Huntsville

(256) 772-9395

www.hsvairport.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

Huntsville is only about 10 minutes from Normal.

601 Monroe St., Huntsville

(256) 534-1681

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

Birmingham is about one hour and 45 minutes away from Normal.

1819 Morris Ave., Birmingham

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 0% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 60% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 17% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 23% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 50% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 33 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 26% Fairly difficult.
  • 46% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 34 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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