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2 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a shuttle to take you to the mall in Harrisburg and the train station on weekends but it only makes one trip at a certian time and can only hold so many students. It's pretty isolated here and trying to get to the train station without someone to drive you is tough. A taxi from the train station to campus is usually $60.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus service runs throughout the day. The campus shuttles are also available.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Not a whole lot of ways to get around if you don't own your own car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Offers shuttle to train and train

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: carlisle is truly rural, unfortunately.

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Transportation at Dickinson is a big issue to many students. Getting to Harrisburg, which houses the nearest airport and train station, is very difficult without a car, and since freshmen are not permitted to have vehicles on campus, the limits on transportation often feel stifling. Carlisle is a small town and doesn’t have any sort of public bus system, so if you need to go somewhere and do not have a car, you must walk or ride a bike. However, most businesses are within walking distance, including Wal-Mart, so while it may not be a short walk, it’s still possible.

The College does have a shuttle service that goes to and from the Harrisburg airport and train station in several shifts before and after semester breaks to transport students. The majority of upperclassmen, however, have their cars on campus, and it isn’t hard to find a ride somewhere. Additionally, the college has a “Virtual Ride Board” online where students can ask for and offer rides.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Drive
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Don't bother getting a taxi to the airport. The Dickinson shuttle service will take you for free before and after breaks. Or drive yourself.

Public TransitWhat's This?

CAT (Capital Area Transit)

Buses serve Carlisle every other hour from Harrisburg, Monday through Friday

(717) 238-8304

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Harrisburg International Airport

(888) HIA-JETS (toll-free)

208 Airport Dr., Middletown

(717) 948-3900 (local)

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Harrisburg Bus Terminal

The closest Greyhound station is in the city of Harrisburg, at Capitol Trailways, approximately 25 miles away from Dickinson.

4th & Chestnut St, Harrisburg

(717) 232-3313 or (800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Harrisburg Train Station

The closest Amtrak station is also in Harrisburg, at Capitol Trailways.

4th & Chestnut Sts., Harrisburg

(717) 232-3313, (800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 49% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 23% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 9% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 24% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 26% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 41% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 9% 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 16 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 15 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 15 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 34 responses

  • 44% Very easy.
  • 44% Fairly easy.
  • 12% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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