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2 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only transportation available at Austin College is the Roo Route, basically a shuttle bus. The shuttle bus can only take students to public locations and is only available from 4 to midnight. Because the campus is in a small town, it makes having your own car almost a necessity since places are not walking distance and the dissatisfaction students have with the Roo Route.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is small, so there is no need for on-campus transportation. All trains and buses are over an hour away.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a free shuttle bus that runs by every hour that helps transport students to varies places during the school year. It's very helpful and has helped me a few times as well.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: They have TAPS buses traveling around town every so often; it can pick you up at the school and take you wherever you need to go. Transportation to the airport is also available if needed.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Roo Route exists...but that's about it. Never on time and inconvenient.


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AC closed the road through campus in the 1950s, so your only mode of transportation on campus is your own two feet or possibly a bike. Luckily, it's only a 10-minute stroll from one end of campus to the other—and that's if you're really taking your time. While a bike may come in handy occasionally, you'll probably spend more time messing with locks and racks than if you had just walked. If you move a little quicker than a saunter, you will get across campus in no time. The running joke has always been that you can wake up five minutes before class and make it to your desk with time to spare. You'll even have to brush your teeth!

As for getting off campus, it isn't necessary to have a car, but it's definitely convenient. AC sits in the middle of residential housing, so we are surrounded by neighborhoods. While this makes it quiet and allows the college to be in its own bubble, this also means that shopping and restaurants are a few miles down the road and across the railroad tracks. When you drive to AC for the first time, you'll see that you have to navigate a bridge over a huge system of railroad tracks. Because of this, most students tend to carpool on their trips to the grocery store or to grab a late-night burger. TAPS also runs the Roo Route, a free shuttle with various stops around town, including the Town Center, which has most of the food and shopping options, and Cellarman's, the local pub. While this is a fixed route, the drivers are really friendly and will usually take you wherever you want to go. The down side is that, while you may catch it to run to the grocery store for a few minutes, the shuttle only stops at each location every 45 to 60 minutes, so many students find it more convenient to hop in their car or beg a ride from a friend.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Ride with a friend
  • Roo Route
  • Your car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Free TAPS shuttle – If AC students call TAPS for an airport shuttle and give them a few days' notice, they can get a free ride to Love Field in Dallas or DFW Airport.
  • Local airport shuttle service – call (903) 227-4614 24 hours in advance to make a reservation.
  • Ride with a friend.
Local Taxi Services
TAPS Public Transit can take you anywhere in town for a minimal cost of $1, and it is similar to a cab because you have to call to have them come pick you up. TAPS also runs the Roo Route and the Viking Route, which are free student shuttles that run on fixed routes to central locations in town. There are a few traditional taxi services, as well, but students usually find it easier and cheaper to just carpool around town together.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

ACPD Escort Service
(903) 813-2555
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Roo Route

The shuttle is part of TAPS public transportation and runs from Austin College to various spots around Sherman, including local restaurants and Walmart.

(800) 256-0911

Monday–Saturday 4 p.m.–12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

TAPS Public Transit

TAPS runs Roo Route, but TAPS can be used to get other places. However, you need to call to schedule a ride.

(903) 893-4601

6104 Texoma Parkway

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

The airport is approximately 70 miles southwest of campus.

3200 E. Airfield Drive, Irving

(972) 973-8888

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Sherman

Greyhound stops at the Shell gas station in Sherman. It is approximately 2 miles southwest of campus.

201 S. Sam Rayburn Freeway

(903) 892-3131

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Gainesville

The station is approximately 31 miles west of campus.

605 E. California St., Gainesville

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 16% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 18% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 25% 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.
  • 36% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 25% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 30% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 32% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 14% 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 29 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 29 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 29 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 43 responses

  • 44% Very easy.
  • 42% Fairly easy.
  • 12% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.


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