Transportation

Location
Macon, GA
Undergrads
3,677
Tuition
$32,466
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Freshman

Transportation: I do not attend a traditional campus, so I have no need for these types of transportation.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I drive myself to and from campus on weekends to go home--there's really no other choice, dudes. I live 1 hour 30 min south in a rural part of the state. What freaking buses are you talking about? Lots of people have cars, even just to get home.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The trolley system works on the weekends and certain evenings to take students downtown, grocery shopping, and the mall. It is not used to take students to class and is not needed since the campus is so small.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great, but doesn't go everywhere.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is mostly unnecessary since everything is within walking distance. The trolleys take students downtown and to the store.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 126th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 643rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1304th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janelle Richardson
Hometown
Seattle, Wash.
Major
English
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If you come to Mercer, you will mostly likely need a car because the University is not exactly within walking distance of places of interest for students, with the exception of Mercer Village across the street. Luckily, a car is not needed to get around campus—walking is the easiest and fastest method of getting to class. In recent years, a growing interest in biking as a means of getting around Mercer and Macon seems to be increasing, and there are plenty of bicycle racks on campus and ongoing discussions of future bike lanes on and around campus.

The free trolley system that runs on Mercer’s campus five days a week is an extremely popular method of transportation, especially on weekend nights. It runs between campus and downtown Macon, effectively reducing the potential of students driving drunk on their way home from the downtown bars. The trolley also travels to the nearby Kroger grocery store on Wednesdays. The trolley has two pick-up stops, one on Greek Row and another in front of the Connell Student Center. However, other than the trolley, public transportation is not generally available or used by students, which is why having a car is necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Trolley
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Groome Transportation is an airport shuttle service with a location in Macon. Mercer students can get picked up on campus during the day as long as they call and schedule their pick-up in advance. It costs $34 to and from the Atlanta Airport.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Mercer Police
(478) 301-HELP
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Trolley System

The shuttle runs between campus and downtown Macon.

(478) 301-2685

Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority

(478) 803-2505

www.mta-mac.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Middle Georgia Regional Airport

The airport is about 10 miles from campus.

1000 Terminal Dr., Macon

(478) 788-3760

www.ifly.com/middle-georgia-regional-airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The station is approximately 2 miles from campus.

65 Spring St., Macon

(478) 743-5411

www.greyhound.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 49 responses

  • 27% Nonexistent.
  • 4% 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.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 6% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 45% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 16% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 33% 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 42 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 41 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 41 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% Very difficult.
  • 14% Fairly difficult.
  • 73% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Very easy.
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