Transportation

Location
Mechanicsburg, PA
Undergrads
2,710
Tuition
$29,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you don't have a car, the only way you'll be able to get off campus is pretty much for church.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The College's Fleet Driving Services are incredible. As long as you are approved to drive a Messiah vehicle and reserve what you need in advance, you will be permitted to use it free of cost. The Fleet Services even provide you with a college gas card to fill up with, and make it possible for you to receive reimbursement for tolls. Additionally, the shuttle into Harrisburg makes everything in the area a lot more accessible.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation is pretty decent at Messiah. There are buses that shuttle students to churches of their choice on Sunday mornings, which is really nice. There is also a transportation service that allows students to get a ride to their dorm from across campus, which is especially useful it if it's late at night.

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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Messiah's public transportation is the Harrisburg shuttle. Every so often you'll receive emails informing you of when the bus is leaving for Harrisburg (the closest city) but aside from this bus, there is no other public transportation that I know of.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Unless you have a car there is not much to do, There is a bus that takes kids into Harrisburg and makes a few stops on the way there, but it runs every three hours and only on certain days of the weeks so it is not very beneficial to most. Public transportation is the best around breaks when the school accommodates and helps students get to train stations and airports.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 590th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1283rd
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Hometown
Yardley, Pa.
Major
Journalism
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The best way to navigate the local area is with a car, either your own or a friend’s. Other means of transportation are very limited. There are no public buses that stop anywhere even close to Messiah’s campus. There are a few taxi services, but these are very expensive; students will use them, but only as a last resort. Messiah attempts to make up for the lack of public transportation with a few different shuttle services available to students. Service into Harrisburg is offered by the school for free six times a day Monday through Friday. Unfortunately, it is not very convenient because it is not available during the weekends and most students are in class during the week. A free shopping shuttle goes to Silver Springs Commons, which has a Wegmans, every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This would be great if it was offered to more people, but sadly, there are only seven spots in the van, and they fill up quickly. Messiah also offers free shuttles to the airport and train station before Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and these work out well for those who need them. On Sunday mornings, 20 local churches send buses and vans to pick up students, and 22 other churches will send shuttles upon request. Many frequently take advantage of these free rides. B-Line trips to MCPC (Messiah College Philly Campus) are available four weekends a year for $5 and are fairly popular with students who like the city.

If you find yourself without a car and none of these shuttles suit your needs, have no fear because Rideshare is here! Rideshare is an application available to students, faculty, and staff through the school’s online learning management system Sakai. It’s easy—simply post a message if you need a ride or have extra space in your car. Rideshare saves gas, helps the environment, and gives those unfortunate souls without cars a chance to get off campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Find a ride using Rideshare
  • Drive yourself
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Ask a friend to drop you off.
  • Taxi, which costs about $40 to $60.
  • The free Messiah College shuttle (only offered before Thanksgiving and winter breaks only).
  • Use Rideshare to find someone going in that direction.
Local Taxi Services
The local taxi services are American Taxi, Capitol City Cab Service, Keystone Cab, and New Yellow Cab. Students use taxi services only as a last resort since it is very expensive.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Department of Safety Escort Services
x6005
Daily dusk to dawn

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Harrisburg Shuttle

This free shuttle runs between the main campus and the Harrisburg campus.

(717) 381-1211

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:15 p.m.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Harrisburg International Airport

The airport is approximately 20 miles from campus.

1 Terminal Dr., Middletown

(888) 235-9442

www.flyhia.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

The station is approximately 10 miles from campus.

411 Market St., Harrisburg

(717) 255-6970

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The station is approximately 10 miles from campus.

4th and Chestnut streets, Harrisburg

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% You can't have a car here.
  • 2% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 14% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 64% 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 44 responses

  • 18% Nonexistent.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 18% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 40 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 39 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 46 responses

  • 4% Very difficult.
  • 17% Fairly difficult.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 26% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 39 responses

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