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3 College Junior

Transportation: You don't really need a car on campus. The only time you would need transportation is when you go going grocery shopping.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus shuttles to work are convenient, campus shuttles to the airport are at the worst times and are too expensive for students to use frequently. Also, public transportation is very inconvenient and basically non existent.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Students ride the local public bus for free, but it only comes 3 days a week.The shuttle for the airport is cheap, but it only comes during certain hours and only for holiday breaks.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: hopefully, you know someone with a car.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: there is nothing to do in town except for go to walmart.


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Public transportation is virtually nonexistent at Allegheny and in Meadville in general. There are two kinds of transportation available: the town buses and the Loop. Some students do take the Loop downtown and back or as a ride home from the bars, but most people normally don’t. Taxi services aren't used in Meadville, although they do exist; however, it's too expensive for students to pay a taxi fare from Meadville to Erie or Pittsburgh. Attempts have been made to bring Zipcars or a bike-swapping program to campus, but these attempts fell flat (and all the bikes were stolen). Overall, the shuttle service into town or to airports isn't very convenient, as it forces students to schedule their time around when the shuttle leaves.

For the students without a car, it can be a real pain to find someone to take you to Wal-Mart when you need to go. In the winter, sometimes it can be too cold to walk downtown, and you’d really appreciate a ride, but no one is around to help you out. Most of the time, nobody notices the lack of public transportation, but there are times when it would really come in handy. For students needing to fly home on holidays, it's a nuisance to find someone to provide a ride to the airport.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Drive or bum a ride
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The College, specifically Residence Life, will make arrangements to drive people to the airport.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Services
(814) 332-3357
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

The Loop

CATA has service to Wal-Mart, the Movies, and Giant Eagle by way of the Green Route Monday through Saturday.

(814) 336-5600

(800) 782-2282

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 4 p.m.-2:38 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Crawford Area Transit Authority (CATA)

(814) 336-5600

(814) 775-2282 (Titusville office)

(800) 782-2282 (toll free)

231 Chestnut St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Pittsburgh International Airport

The Pittsburgh International Airport is 90 miles and approximately an hour-and-a-half drive from campus.

Landside Terminal, fourth floor, Mezz, Pittsburgh, PA

(412) 472-3525

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

The Cleveland airport is about 90 minutes away from campus.

5300 Riverside Dr., Cleveland, OH

(216) 265-6000

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus stop is right in front of the Downtown Mall. It is not a full-blown terminal, just a bench.

900 Water St.

(814) 724-5423

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is approximately 35 miles from campus (roughly a half-hour to 45 minutes).

125 W. 14th St., Erie

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 60 responses

  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 27% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 8% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 20% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 62% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

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 32 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 59 responses

  • 37% Very easy.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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