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4 College Senior

Transportation: The port-authority buses are free to Chatham students. I can get to most places by bus or walking and necessary stores are all in walking distance. Travel by bus is easy but very occasionally frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Chatham provides free shuttle transportation to other college campuses in Pittsburgh, and public bus transportation is free with a Chatham ID card. Chatham also has specific days of the week where there is a specific shuttle to take students grocery shopping, to various malls, and out to the Waterfront. The one thing I am not particularly fond of is the walk from the bus stop to the Greyhound terminal when I make trips home. It takes about 20 more minutes and is through downtown.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The shuttle buses are usually on time at Chatham, port authority on the other hand which isn't reliable but the other reliable transportation if you don't have a car on campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Chatham shuttles provide good coverage for visiting other universities and shopping (malls/groceries). Our ChathamIDs serve as bus passes for Port Authority, which is an extra plus!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Chatham University has a lot of transportation options to get you where you need to go. There are shuttles that run every half hour and take you to different stops in the Pittsburgh area. There are also public buses located in various places surrounding the campus, and using these public buses is completely free with the presentation of your student ID. There is also a zip car at Chatham that you can rent for an entire day or even just a few hours, with a small $35 payment a month. Travelling and getting where you need to go is no problem at Chatham, and all of the options are safe and convenient.


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Whether students are looking to travel between local college campuses or throughout the city, transportation is readily available and inexpensive at Chatham. The University runs three Green Machine shuttles (named for the biodiesel fuel they run on) that transport students from Chatham's main Shadyside campus to Chatham Eastside, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Chatham shuttles have three pick-up spots: Howe-Childs Gate House, the intersection of Woodland Road and Chapel Hill, and in front of the Campbell Memorial Chapel. Students are enthusiastic about the shuttles, saying that the system is very convenient, very easy to use, and always available. Chatham also provides shuttle services on the weekends to various malls including Pittsburgh Mills and Robinson Mall, to name a couple, for students without vehicles who are looking to do some weekend shopping. Also, the shuttles provide service to local grocery stores like Giant Eagle and Whole Foods during the week, for students that need to pick up groceries.

Taxis are available in the city of Pittsburgh, but students generally only use them when going out somewhere they can't easily walk home from or to get to the airport, as the fares can get expensive, especially in Pittsburgh traffic. There are cab vouchers available in which the cab fare will be charged to the student's account. Many students make use of the PAT (Port Authority Transit) bus system, which is free with a Chatham student ID and runs throughout Pittsburgh and beyond city limits. Around major breaks, Chatham provides a shuttle service to and from the airport and the bus station for students looking to go home. This service is free, but students must schedule in advance.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Chatham shuttles
  • Hitch a ride with a friend who has a vehicle.
  • Port Authority bus system
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Around major breaks (Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break), Chatham provides airport shuttles. They are free, but students have to plan ahead and contact Student Services.
  • PAT bus system. The 28X Airport Flyer will take students directly to the airport for free with a Chatham ID.
  • Taxis cost about $60 to the airport, depending on traffic.
Local Taxi Services
Yellow Cab can be reached at (412) 321-8100.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Chatham University Police
(412) 365-1230
Daily 24 hours
(412) 648-2255
Sunday-Wednesday 7 p.m.-3 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 7 p.m.-5 a.m. Summer hours: Daily 9 p.m.-3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Chatham Shuttle (Green Machines)

These free shuttles are powered by biodiesel. The shuttles travel between Chatham's main campus, Chatham's Eastside facility, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. Students can also use their Chatham ID to access any of the University of Pittsburgh shuttles.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Port Authority (PAT) of Allegheny County

The Port Authority offers buses and a light rail system (available in few locations). Chatham students can purchase a bus/rail pass.

(412) 566-5500 administrative office

(412) 255-1385 nonemergency

(412) 566-5214 claims

345 Sixth Ave., third floor

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Pittsburgh International Airport

The airport is about 20 miles from campus.

Landside Terminal, fourth floor, Mezz

(412) 472-3525

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus terminal is located in the Strip District, about four miles from campus.

55 11th St.

(412) 392-6526

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Union Station is in downtown Pittsburgh, about five miles from campus.

1100 Liberty Ave.

(412) 471-6171

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 43 responses

  • 49% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 40% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 12% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 2% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 86% 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.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 25 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 28 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 25 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 44 responses

  • 34% Very easy.
  • 61% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.



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