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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I didn't have a car while at Spelman, but most of the places I needed to go were walking distance. Depending on the situation, i would sometimes take a taxi where i needed to go, and I also had friends who had cars if we decided to go out.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttles only take you to specifically approved places.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You want to go somewhere, you get on the MARTA. Unless you know of an upperclassmen with a car then you will be riding the passenger train.

4 College Senior

Transportation: There are options for transportation, but it is great to have a car.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: It would be great if they gave students rides to the airport during breaks. The Spelman Shuttle only runs after 6 pm on some days. That's inconvenient. The AUC shuttle is not always on time. Another inconvenience.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 203rd
    Best Campus Transit
  • 863rd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1338th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Candace Wheeler
Stone Mountain, GA
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Public transportation in Atlanta is fairly easy to navigate, and it will be your best friend freshman year. From Spelman you can take a 15-minute walk up to the West End Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) station. MARTA is Atlanta's train system which runs on north-south and east-west rails. It's affordable, and you can get to just about anywhere around downtown Atlanta. A round trip will not cost more than five dollars. In addition, MARTA offers a UPass for college students that provides unlimited access to the train for a low monthly fee. There are numerous bus stops along major streets, and you can catch the bus from the train station itself, too. Don't expect anything like the transportation in larger cities such as New York or Boston, though. For out-of-town students, the MARTA rolls right into the airport, literally. You get off your plane, go to baggage claim, and take a short ride on the train. Spelman offers a free shuttle service to and from the West End MARTA station as well. Taxis are not as hard to come by in the city as they used to be, but if you do happen to have upperclassman friends, make sure to keep their numbers with you in the case that you are stranded and looking at a $50 cab fare. Overall, public transportation is convenient and reliable, but after freshman year, many students just get cars.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Your car
  • Your friend's car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $35.
  • Airport Shuttles will come to the campus. The Atlanta Link has a booth in the airport and keeps Spelman, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse, and Morris Brown on its list of service areas.
  • MARTA gets there in about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • The Atlanta Link 245 University Ave. Atlanta (404) 524-3400 (866) 545-9633

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

AUC Shuttle

There is a shuttle that will take you to all of the Atlanta University Center institutions, the Woodruff Library, three MARTA hub stations (including the West End MARTA Station), and the student residential apartments.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)

(404) 848-5000

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is about 16 miles from Spelman. You can get there in under 25 minutes by car.

(800) 897-1910

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Atlanta Greyhound Bus Terminal

The Atlanta Greyhound Bus Terminal is located a few miles from campus. It is a five-minute ride by car.

232 Forsyth St., Atlanta

(404) 584-1728

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Atlanta Amtrak Train Station

The Atlanta Amtrak Train Station is less than 10 miles from campus. You can get there in 15 minutes or less, depending on the traffic.

1688 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% 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.
  • 59% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 8% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 59% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 22% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 8% 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 36 responses

  • 3% Very difficult.
  • 22% Fairly difficult.
  • 58% Fairly easy.
  • 17% Very easy.

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

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 32 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 31 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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