Until they perfect the art of molecular beaming, there’s not much hope for isolated Colby students. The single most effective way to get around Waterville, Maine, or New England is to have a car or become friends with someone who does. Fortunately for Colby students, everyone is allowed to have a car on campus, so finding transportation isn’t nearly as hard as it could be. Colby does have a student-run shuttle called the Jitney, but an overwhelming majority of students think of it as unreliable and difficult to use. The security office has taxi vouchers, but these are not often used, either. In fact, some of the taxi services don’t even accept the vouchers any more. Colby subsidizes shuttles to the airport, although the least-expensive service is no longer available. The Amtrak Downeaster is a great way to get to Boston and New York and is relatively inexpensive, but it still takes an hour and a half to get to the Portland Amtrak station.
It’s possible to get off campus without a car, but it’s also expensive and sometimes unreliable. If you have a car, bring it. If you don’t have one, don’t worry too much because you’ll almost assuredly be friends with someone who does. Just don’t count on public transportation to get you around.