Transportation

Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Off campus parking is difficult to find, but free bus system as a plus.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The transportation here is about average (maybe a little bit above for such a small town). As Smith students, you can take buses to other 4-colleges in the area for free. However, if you want to go shopping, there are many options to get there easily. Also, there is only peter pan in town and the bus is ALWAYS LATE.

3 College Junior

Transportation: We only get free public transportation when the bus is going to the nearby colleges. But those buses take for ever to pass by and if you miss on you have to wait more than half an hour.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is good but expensive. Can't go home for breaks like thanksgiving and spring break.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Never had a problem. even better if you have a car.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 362nd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1185th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is a Smithie’s greatest resource for getting around to other colleges. However, there are a few negative side effects of being a regular bus commuter to a class at another college or even the mall. The buses are often late, and waiting for one in bad weather can ruin your whole day. The buses run every half-hour or hour, depending on the day, and traffic can sometimes cause long delays. It is a huge time commitment to take the bus, which is why many students who take classes at other colleges have a personal car. On the other hand, the buses themselves are very clean and safe. Despite the time issue and the occasional rowdy Friday night crowd, it’s incredible that Smith students can use this resource for free (with a student ID) and still live so far from a major city. Without the PVTA system, students wouldn’t be able to get off campus as much as they do to explore both personal and academic opportunities in the Pioneer Valley.

For students looking to travel outside the Pioneer Valley, the Peter Pan Bus is extremely convenient—there's a station right in downtown Northampton. There is an Amtrak station in Springfield that is accessible via Peter Pan, and Bradley International Airport is only 40 minutes away. Overall, Smith students don't have a hard time finding ways to get around the area and beyond.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike (tough in the snowy winters, though)
  • Borrow a friend's car (although there is always crazy traffic in downtown Northampton, and there are never any parking spots)
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport via Northampton Taxi costs $50.
  • The SGA (Student Government Association) runs a shuttle to and from Bradley Airport before and after breaks.
  • Valley Transporter provides shuttle van service to Bradley Airport. Reservations are required in advance, and it costs $49 one way from Northampton. Visit www.valleytransporter.com for more information.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Public Safety Transportation/Escort Service
x2490
Daily 12:30 a.m.-sunrise

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Smith Shuttle Service

The shuttle makes continuous rounds to designated stops on campus or students can call the driver for a pick-up.

Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

A bus services the Five College area and is free for Five College students. It also makes stops in downtown Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton, as well as the Hampshire Mall.

(413) 781-7882

2808 Main St., Springfield

www.pvta.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

The Bradley International Airport is 41 miles and approximately 35 minutes driving time from Smith.

Schoephoester Road, Windsor Locks, CT

(860) 292-2000

www.bradleyairport.com

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan/Greyhound Terminal

The station is less than a mile from campus.

1 Roundhouse Plaza, Northampton

(800) 343-9999

www.peterpanbus.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Springfield Amtrak Station

This station is approximately 19 miles from campus, but has more service than the Amherst station.

66 Lyman St., Springfield

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Amherst Amtrak Station

This platform is approximately 8 miles from campus.

13 Railroad St., Amherst

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 15% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 45% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 32% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 88% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% 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.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 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 32 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 26% Fairly easy.
  • 69% Very easy.
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