Although the phrase "public transportation" brings to mind bad images for many people, students agree that the cost helps you to overlook the conditions-buses are actually free with your Notre Dame ID. Unfortunately, the bus lines don't go to many places that students want to visit. Use them to see the mall or to get out of town for awhile. The constant presence of taxi cabs on campus is a definite plus, especially on weekends. Rides off campus are a mere two dollars, and you can get to some of the best party spots this way. It's best to split a cab with friends, not only because of the reduced rates but because it's easier to cope with the near-death experience of a taxi ride this way.
As far as availability and affordability, there's little to complain about with Notre Dame's public transit. Perhaps the greatest part of it, however, is that it is largely unneeded. The University's facilities make trips off campus fairly rare occurrences, other than for visiting the occasional bar or party. With the availability of student parking, automobiles remain the rides of choice whenever you do have to leave campus. If you ever need to get somewhere, however, it's good to know that you have the option.