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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus to Pittsburgh, the off campus housing, and Walmart. Since everything is so far apart, you have to rely on the bus or a car to go anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Vulcan Flyer takes students to and from Vulcan Village. There are also some buses that travel to Pittsburgh.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle is free of charge but sometimes the timing is off

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: They do provide a lot of transportation, since most people live on campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I've got friends that have cars and I can always take the bus.


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Transportation on campus makes students stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they register vehicles on campus, it costs them between $300 and $400. But if they decide to forgo having a car completely, the public transportation options aren't much better.

Students can use the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) buses free of charge with a valid student ID. This bus service takes students to the lower campus area. However, that's about it for the transportation options. The only other University-sponsored options include holiday/break shuttles to the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Greyhound bus station, and Pittsburgh Amtrak train station.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Walk
  • Drive your car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Campus shuttle

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Vulcan Flyer

The Vulcan Flyer takes students from Vulcan Village to campus. It makes stops every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours.

(724) 938-4677

Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority

Cal U students ride all routes for free with a valid student ID.

(724) 489-0880

(724) 379-5956 after-hours

1300 McKean Ave., Charleroi

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Pittsburgh International Airport

The Pittsburgh Airport is about an hour from Cal U.

Landside Terminal, fourth floor, Mezz.

(412) 472-3525

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This bus station in downtown Pittsburgh is about 50 minutes from campus.

55 11th St., Pittsburgh

(412) 392-6526

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak station in downtown Pittsburgh is about 50 minutes from campus.

1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

(412) 471-6170 or (800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 77 responses

  • 47% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 18% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 13% 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.
  • 7% 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 40 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 40 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 38 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 76 responses

  • 51% Very easy.
  • 49% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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