Transportation

Location
Richmond, IN
Undergrads
1,065
Tuition
$40,020
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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1 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no public transportation in Richmond, so if you want to explore the town you need to walk or borrow a bike. There are campus vans, but they are not very reliable, and only operate at set times.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle is good but you have to pay in order to use the airport shuttle.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation options are alright. You can borrow cars from campus or call a taxi if you don't have one. You can also get registered to drive the Earlham vans so you can go on trips with lots of people.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: They recently just put in a busing system in Richmond that goes down College Ave.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Unless You Have a Bike or Car, There's Nothing! Earlham's campus is super small, yes, but trying to get to any 'close' major city is a massive pain. There are no buses or trains to get you from Richmond to Dayton, Indianapolis, etc. It's extremely expensive to take a cab or have another student drive you (you need to pay for their gas). I found it very difficult to even get into the local town of Richmond without a car or bike! The Walmart is something like 4 miles from campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 704th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 722nd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1199th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Benfield
Hometown
Takoma Park, Md.
Major
Women's Studies
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Earlham's campus may be nestled on a large 200-acre expanse, but the majority of that land is taken up by woods and meadows. The majority of folks spend their time on only a few dozen of those acres. Scattered nicely around the Heart, nothing is more than a five-minute walk from anything else. Bikes still clutter main entrances, as they provide an extra quick way to bip about. To get around town, biking and driving are the most viable and popular options, though walking to nearby spots like LoBill's grocery store or the video rental place is very common. Public transportation supposedly exists, but most students don't know about it or don't care to deal with it. For weekends, a free shuttle runs from 6 p.m. to midnight from behind Runyan around town to various places. For $40, you can also catch an Earlham van ride to the Dayton airport on the days before and after breaks.

For the most part, students are really busy on campus, and some have even been known to forget that Richmond even exists. Richmond's deficiency in public transportation, therefore, doesn't end up mattering much to average Earlham students. If there's somewhere you need to go, you'll probably find your way there without too much of a problem, but if you're not going to have a car, it's a good idea to make friends with someone who does. Whatever bad things you can say about Richmond, though, at least there's never traffic.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Beg, borrow, or steal a car from your friend
  • Bike
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the Dayton airport
  • A cab ride to the Indianapolis airport
  • Earlham shuttles run to and from Dayton International Airport for $40 on the days directly before and after breaks.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Roseview Transit

This shuttle meets at Earlham College's Runyan Center circle every hour on the half hour, Monday through Friday.

(765) 983-7227

Public TransitWhat's This?

Roseview Transit System

Buses run Monday through Friday 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., and Saturday 9:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Student fare is $1.25.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Indianapolis International Airport

The Indianapolis International Airport is 75 miles and approximately 80 minutes driving time from Earlham.

7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Dr., Suite 100, Indianapolis

(317) 487-7243

www.indianapolisairport.com

Dayton International Airport

The Dayton International Airport (located in Dayton, Ohio) is 35 miles and approximately 40 minutes driving time from Earlham.

3600 Terminal Dr., Suite 300, Vandalia, Ohio

(937) 454-8200

www.daytonairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The Greyhound Bus Lines station is in the Shell Rose City Gas Station in Richmond.

1304 Industries Rd.

(765) 962-9816

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Connersville Amtrak Station

The closest Amtrak station is 27 miles and approximately 45 minutes driving time from Earlham in Connersville.

1012 Eastern Ave., Connersville

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% Nonexistent.
  • 11% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 22% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 44% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 11% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 0% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 38% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 33% Fairly difficult.
  • 56% Fairly easy.
  • 11% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 11 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 8 responses

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

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 8 responses

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