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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't mind not getting off campus but a car is useful if you are prone to campus fever. The RIPTA suffices for my needs and there are always friends to mooch rides off of.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Ripta sucks badly need to find people with cars

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: If the transportation options at Bryant University had an increased duration of time and continued till at least midnight it would be of a great help to students who travel to Providence.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: So many options on campus. The BTA and the RIPTA all run at various times and bring students to various places

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The times for the bus are not the best. But the public bus is free!


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A fairly large percentage of students has a car on campus and chooses to drive themselves around, rather than rely on public transportation. However, a significant portion of the student body makes use of the RIPTA, the BTA, and their friends in order to get around off campus. The RIPTA is the Rhode Island bus system, which has a line running between Bryant and Providence several times a day. Students ride free by swiping their student IDs, which they make good use of, especially on weekends when the later RIPTAs are packed with students heading to restaurants, bars, and clubs in Providence. The BTA is a Bryant van that charges a small fare to drive students from campus to the Lincoln Mall, which includes Target, Stop & Shop, a movie theater, and many restaurants and shops, and Providence Place Mall; as well as to the airport and train station on popular travel days (long weekends and school breaks). When public transportation won't get them there, students sometimes take taxis to/from Providence or the airport, but this option gets expensive, typically ranging from $10 to $30 per ride. Because of this, students are a lot more likely to try and talk a friend into driving them where they need to go. Bryant makes transportation even easier for students by providing free parking in a very safe and guarded campus. Students' cars are sure to be safe, and allow students to come and go off campus as much as they choose.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Car
  • Taxi
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Providence's T.F. Green Airport is easily accessible by car, bus, or taxi. Students can call a taxi or easily take the RIPTA to the airport. Boston's Logan Airport is only an hour away, and students can get there via a bus or train from Providence. Bonanza Bus Lines in Providence runs hourly to Boston at an average price of $10 for a one-way trip.
Did You Know?
Some students will advertise open seats in their cars when going home for long weekends or breaks.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Department of Public Safety
(401) 232-6001
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bryant BTA Van

Runs daily to local shopping centers and Providence for a small fare.

(401) 232-6117

Monday–Thursday 2:45 p.m.–10 p.m., Friday 1:05 p.m.–9:45 a.m., Saturday 2 p.m.–9:15 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.–7:35 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)

RIPTA is the state-wide public bus system.

(401) 781-9400

(401) 784-9500 ext. 180 customer service

(401) 784-9500 ext. 133 lost and found

705 Elmwood Ave., Providence

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

The commuter line of the MBTA runs between Providence and Boston.

(800) 392-6100

(617) 222-5000

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3910, Boston

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

T.F. Green Airport

The airport is about 20 miles from campus.

2000 Post Road, Warwick

(888) 268-7222

Logan International Airport

This airport is about an hour drive from campus.

1 Harborside Drive, Boston

(800) 235-6426

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan Bus Terminal

The station is about 8 miles from campus.

1 Peter Pan Way, Providence

(800) 343-9999


The station is about 13 miles from campus.

1 Kennedy Plaza, Providence

(401) 454-0790

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The station serves Amtrak and MBTA trains and is about 10 miles from campus.

100 Gaspee St., Providence

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 51 responses

  • 39% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 18% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 41% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 27% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 25% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 36 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 36 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 35 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 50 responses

  • 28% Very easy.
  • 50% Fairly easy.
  • 20% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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