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.