Transportation

Location
Fitchburg, MA
Undergrads
3,430
Tuition (in-state)
$14,790 ($8,710)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has an app with a GPS to see where the shuttle is.

5 College Junior

Transportation: There is a shuttle system which is pretty reliable. All of the campus buildings are within 10mins walking distance, but the shuttle is nice on bad weather days. It also goes to the MART station, where students can ride the MART bus line for free or take the T in to Boston (not free). You can live here without a car, but most students have one to go home or work. Parking on campus is terrible, although there are plenty of spots they are not close to the campus at all. Even if you pay to park close, faculty take many of the pay student spaces leaving only the civic center or Mckay.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The transportation is good there is a shuttle that takes students to there dorms and commuter rail station.

3 College Junior

Transportation: I usually just walk around campus, buildings are not that far apart and the civic center is close enough, the shuttle is not reliable and is pretty slow.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school shuttle is free to students and runs all day during class days, but has limited schedules on weekends. The "T" commuter train is right down the street from the main campus and easily within walking distance.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 372nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 706th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1159th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bekka Farquharson
Hometown
Natick, MA
Major
Professional Communications
Grad Year
2013
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Transportation opportunities are all around campus. The school provides a free shuttle service that runs until 12 a.m. Monday–Thursday and until 6:30 p.m. on Friday. On Sunday, they start running the shuttle in the afternoon and it continues to travel around campus until 12 a.m. These buses drive from the commuter rail station at the end of North Street all the way through campus down to the Civic Center. The shuttle service takes about 15 minutes to go from one side of campus to the other, depending on how many stops they need to make. On certain days, the school also provides another bus that travels to local shops, such as Walmart, Target, Market Basket, and the Mall at Whitney Field.

All students are allowed to bring cars to school–even freshmen! If you want to park closer to your residence hall, you will have to pay for a parking pass. These passes cost about $50. However, you can opt out of paying for a pass and get a parking tag for the Civic Center lot that is located about 15 minutes from the residence halls. This lot is on the shuttle bus route, so you don't have to walk back and forth if you don't want to. You apply for and pick up your parking permit in the Housing and Residential Services Office located next to Aubuchon Hall. After 5 p.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends, students are allowed to park in any parking lot on campus.

Any time you feel as if you can't make the shuttle bus, you don't have a parking pass that allows you to park on campus, or it is very late at night and you don't want to walk across campus, you have the option to call Campus Police for an escort. They will ask you for your name, current location, and which residence hall you are trying to get to, and the cruiser will pick you up and drive you right to your door.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Shuttle Bus Services
  • MART bus
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • MBTA Commuter Rail
  • Personal car or ask a friend for a ride
Local Taxi Services
Students use two taxi companies in town-City Cab: (978) 345-4381 and Twin City Cab: (978) 342-4410
Did You Know?
It takes the shuttle bus-also known as the "Mart Cart"-15 minutes to travel from the Civic Center to the commuter rail station.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Police Services
(978) 665-3111
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Fitchburg State Community Shuttle

Through partnership with MART, the FSU shuttle provides private transportation to various retail destinations in the Fitchburg/Leominster area.

Monday-Thursday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART)

Students can ride MART bus routes in Fitchburg and Leominster for free.

(800) 922-5636

(978) 345-7711

1427R Water St., Fitchburg

www.mrta.us

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Rail

Commuter rail with access to Boston

(617) 222-3200

100 Main St., Fitchburg

www.mbta.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Worcester Regional Airport

Worcester airport is about 30 miles south of campus and has daily flights throughout the United States.

Logan International Airport

Logan International is about 45 miles east of campus.

1 Harborside Drive

(800) 235-6426

www.massport.com/logan-airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The closest Greyhound station is in Worcester, about 23 miles south of campus.

2 Washington Square, Worcester

(508) 754-1102

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The closest station to campus is in Worcester, about 23 miles south.

2 Washington Square, Worcester

(508) 755-5677

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 4% 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.
  • 39% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 35% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 61% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 30% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 4% 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 23 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 78% Fairly easy.
  • 13% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 21 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 21 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 20 responses

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