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The public transportation systems at UMass and in Amherst balance out the substandard parking situation. On campus, the bus stops are strategically located near classroom buildings, dining halls, dormitories, and libraries and are frequented by a bus about every five to ten minutes. UMass shuttles go everywhere on campus and are accommodating to physically disabled students. It's a little difficult to get information from the UMass Transit hotline, but schedules are posted online and at every bus stop, and each bus has its destination posted on the front and back. Taxis are an option if you need to get somewhere in the immediate area, but they are pricey compared to the free and reliable UMass Transit and PVTA.
If you don't bring your own car to UMass, don't worry. Since so many students bring a vehicle to school, the chances of being able to catch a ride with someone or borrow a friend's car are pretty high. Ride-sharing is the most convenient form of long-distance transportation, or if you don't have a car and can't find a ride with anyone else, it is easy to get a ticket for the Peter Pan bus. For extra-long distances, the Bradley International Airport is 45 minutes away in Windsor Locks, Conn. Many students claim they use a sober driver on nights out. The University has discussed implementing their own sober driver, but nothing has been fully established yet.