Transportation

Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
1,815
Tuition
$44,320
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Colby has poor transportation. The best option is to have your own car or befriend people with cars. There are a lot of taxis in Waterville, however they tend to come very late.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Having a car is a must.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: I wouldn't worry much about the transportation because Waterville is so boring and the lack of off campus housing means you don't really have a reason to leave except to go to Wal-Mart.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If you live anywhere in Massachusetts, odds are you will be able to find a ride home. The Jitney is a free student run taxi service that is very easy to use.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: concord buses pick up students from the gym and this makes access to airports more convenient. there is also a shuttle that takes students where they need to go in waterville.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 589th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1282nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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Until they perfect the art of molecular beaming, there’s not much hope for isolated Colby students. The single most effective way to get around Waterville, Maine, or New England is to have a car or become friends with someone who does. Fortunately for Colby students, everyone is allowed to have a car on campus, so finding transportation isn’t nearly as hard as it could be. Colby does have a student-run shuttle called the Jitney, but an overwhelming majority of students think of it as unreliable and difficult to use. The security office has taxi vouchers, but these are not often used, either. In fact, some of the taxi services don’t even accept the vouchers any more. Colby subsidizes shuttles to the airport, although the least-expensive service is no longer available. The Amtrak Downeaster is a great way to get to Boston and New York and is relatively inexpensive, but it still takes an hour and a half to get to the Portland Amtrak station.

It’s possible to get off campus without a car, but it’s also expensive and sometimes unreliable. If you have a car, bring it. If you don’t have one, don’t worry too much because you’ll almost assuredly be friends with someone who does. Just don’t count on public transportation to get you around.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The Jitney
  • Drive yourself or borrow a friend's car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Colby subsidizes airport shuttles for enrolled students, so they pay half price. During busy times, students can almost always get a good group rate. Parents can use these same shuttle services at full price. Classy Limo: (800) 499-0663 Excalibur Limousine Service: (800) 317-8256 Mermaid Transportation: (800) 696-2463 Northeast Charter and Tour: (888) 593-6328
  • Concord Coach Lines comes to Colby once a week (more often around breaks) and offers a cheap way to get to Portland or Boston.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Security Escort Service
(207) 859-5530
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Jitney Shuttle Service

This student-run shuttle provides transportation from Pugh Center to various locations in Waterville.

(207) 859-5530

Sunday-Tuesday 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Portland International Jetport

The jetport is about an hour and a half drive from Colby.

1001 Westbrook St., Portland

(207) 879-1903

www.portlandjetport.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The station is about two miles from campus.

320 Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville

(207) 680-2540

www.greyhound.com

Concord Coach Lines

Colby students can get $5 off a regular round-tip ticket to Portland, Bangor, Boston South Station, or Logan Airport by showing their college ID. There is a stop right on campus.

Harold Alfond Athletic Center

(800) 639-3317

www.concordcoachlines.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Downeaster

The station is about an hour and a half drive from campus.

100 Thompson's Point Rd., Portland

(207) 828-3939

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% Nonexistent.
  • 28% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 28% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 32% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 24% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 40% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 23 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 22 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 22 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 33% Fairly difficult.
  • 41% Fairly easy.
  • 22% Very easy.
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