Public transportation is prominent in Columbia. Buses run throughout the city, and cabs are readily available. Cabs are used on the weekends by students who need a designated driver from parties or bars. The cab fare is not that expensive, especially when shared between multiple people. STRIPES (Supporting Tigers Riding in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety), a safe-ride service, is also used by MU students frequently.
Commuter students park in lots on the outskirts of campus and take a shuttle to the bookstore. The average charge for parking is $120 a year; this includes the bus fees, so students don't have to pay to ride the bus from the parking lot to campus. Shuttles run about every 10 to 15 minutes; during the winter, they are more frequent because of the temperature. The shuttles are available at some off-campus housing, and fees are included in the rent. Students utilize these shuttles often.