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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a bus top on campus and also a school shuttle that takes you grocery shopping, to the closet mall and to the marta station

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Need more options to getting back to campus

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: According to peers it's ok. I have only taken the Marta once and it was very far where I had to travel,

4 College Freshman

Transportation: there are many ways to get around and places to get picked up at

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: At my school, there is a shuttle bus that carries the students to nearby places on and off campus or to city bus stations that carry students further in which the school shuttle does not travel. The cost, of travel on the shuttles is included in tuition and is inexpensive. For long distance travel the city offers many driving services to help people get around. This is very concient for studnets who do not have there own vehicles.

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Although Atlanta's public transportation makes innercity travel pretty easy, most students that come from larger cities agree that the MARTA system could use some huge improvements. The MARTA transit system is convenient for college students who need rides to places like the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the major shopping malls, the downtown area, or any other place that is in the Central Atlanta region. The major complaints about the MARTA system are that it doesn't cover enough places, deprived people are always begging for money, and the accessibility is not up to public transportation standards.

The city of Atlanta doesn't seem to be making any efforts to solve these transportation issues, but luckily, freshman students don't have many places to venture. The escort buses run from early in the morning to late at night and accommodate only students with proper AUC identification. Freshman students are prohibited from bringing cars, but that rule is hardly ever enforced. When freshman students decide to disregard the school's no-car policy, the only thing that they truly have to worry about is obtaining a parking permit (which can be pretty easy). Atlanta can be a very confusing city, so if students choose to bring automobiles, they are advised by local officials to drive safely. Atlanta's highways can be a nightmare because of the extreme rush-hour traffic.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • AUC Shuttle
  • Car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $30 to $40.
  • MARTA train, cab, or automobile. The Atlanta University Center Shuttle Bus will only provide students with rides to the MARTA station.

Public TransitWhat's This?

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)

The #13 bus runs right through campus every 30 minutes on weekdays. Bus and train schedules are available at train stations and Atlanta Welcome Centers.

(404) 848-5000

Fair Street and James P. Brawley Drive

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is about 8 miles south of campus.

6000 N. Terminal Parkway

(404) 530-6600

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Atlanta

The Atlanta Greyhound Station is located in Downtown Atlanta, less than one mile east of campus, next to a MARTA train station.

232 Forsyth St.

(404) 584-1728

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Atlanta

The Amtrak station is approximately 4 miles north of campus.

1688 Peachtree St. NW

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 100 responses

  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 33% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 7% 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.
  • 2% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 100 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 25% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 67% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% 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 50 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 49 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 50 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 100 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 70% Fairly easy.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 2% Very difficult.
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