Kalamazoo, MI
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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I think it's really great that WMU offers free transportation on campus for students

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Amtrak is right downtown, and we get free access to the city busses if you have your student ID.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Many Metro Transit bus routes that go around the Kalamazoo/Portage area. There is a Greyhound bus that goes from my hometown to Kalamazoo and vice versa.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Western has a lot of transportation means. This includes the shuttle, the Kalamazoo buses, taxi's, and we even have a group called Drive safe Kalamazoo. This is for those who are partying and too drunk to drive, a taxi will come and pick them up and take them home. It's to make Western's students safer and for them to make good decisions. I really like this because they accept that students drink and know that some may think about getting behind a wheel but because of Drive Safe Kalamazoo there hardly any accidents from drunk drivers at Western.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is convenient and best of all FREE


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 34th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1214th
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1216th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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At WMU, both on campus and off, there is a bus system that will take you to your destination. There are stops in local neighborhoods where students reside, and the bus will make a number of stops all over campus. The bus system is most used by freshmen and commuters who do not have a parking pass. There are also a number of taxi services around the city that can take you pretty much anywhere. Usually, there is a flat rate per person, but for some of the taxi services, they charge by distance.

Kalamazoo was founded as a "train city," and the Amtrak, which sits downtown, is a very popular mode of transportation between the eastern side of the state and even Chicago. In terms of more localized ways to get around, you can expect to see the majority of people at Western walking or riding their bikes to class each day, as it is the most common form of transportation. Western's campus is rather large, so plan accordingly.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Bus
  • Cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Friend with a car
Local Taxi Services
Big Daddy Taxi is by far the cheapest and most accessible taxi service in the area. They'll take you anywhere in the city for $3 a person. Many other taxi services are comparable. Expect a decent wait for the taxi to arrive, so call them an hour before you want to leave, and they'll be there on time.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Walking escorts
(269) 387-RIDE
Daily 6 p.m.-4 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bronco Transit

There are a few different types of routes, including the Brown, Gold, Oakland, and Parkview routes. Plus, there are express routes and Kalamazoo routes.

(269) 387-2200

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:50 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit

Metro Transit has frequencies of 15-minute, 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute routes.

(269) 337-8222

530 N. Rose St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

This airport is about seven miles, or a 12-minute drive, from campus.

5235 Portage Road

(269) 388-3668

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This Greyhound station is only about a five-minute drive from campus (roughly 1.5 miles).

459 N. Burdick St.

(269) 337-8201

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This Amtrak station is located in the same area as the Greyhound station; it's roughly a five-minute drive (1.5 miles) from campus.

459 N. Burdick St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 90 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 19% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 76% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 9% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 83% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% 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 90 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 6% Fairly difficult.
  • 70% Fairly easy.
  • 23% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 86 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 85 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 85 responses

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