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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have yet to use College transportation

4 College Freshman

Transportation: the school bus shuttle is very convenient. it is free as long as you have your student idea, the bus is new and only for students who go to this school.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are lots of options for public transportation in Erie and a lot of off campus housing options within walking distance of the campus buildings. There is a trolley service as well as buses and taxis.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Campus is really small and city located so it is easy to walk everywhere you need to get to, however if you are injured or caught in a rain storm there is a bus that drives around campus called the knight rider. You can also get to any where else in Erie by taking a bus which is free with your student ID. Most upperclassmen have a car on campus, Erie is really easy to navigate if you have your own car. Its almost impossible to get lost.

1 College Senior

Transportation: Never Around – There is one bus, the knight rider, that takes students around campus if you need it -- however, its never there when you need it. It basically just sits outside the health science building for hours doing nothing. As a Gannon Student you can also ride the public city busses for free, so thats nice when you want to catch a movie or go to the mall but don't have a car.

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Depending on weather and distance, Gannon students mostly walk, ride the E, or drive their own cars around the Erie area. In the downtown campus setting, Gannon students can usually find the things that they need within walking distance. Convenience stores, nightclubs, Hamot Medical Center, and everything in between are located within a few blocks of Gannon's campus. Public transportation is available for places a short drive away, like the Millcreek Mall and Tinseltown Movie Theater. The E, or Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, is free with student ID. For campus commutes, a shuttle makes a loop around Gannon, which students find especially nice on rainy afternoons and cold winter mornings. Many students do not have a car on campus, but those who do are usually willing to drive other students to where they need to go. For evening and nighttime commutes, Gannon provides a safety escort service called G.U.E.S.T. (Gannon University Escort Service Team), so students don't have to walk around the urban area alone.

Live out of town and looking for long-distance transportation? Most students either share rides, take the Greyhound, or fly home. Many students know other students who live in the same area, and the Greyhound station and Erie International Airport are only a short drive away.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walking
  • Car
  • Public transportation
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Have another student drive you to the airport
  • The E (Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority) has routes that go to the airport. In fact, the E Web site lists the airport as one of the most popular destinations. Plus, the E is free with student ID.
Local Taxi Services
Erie Yellow Cab is a popular taxi service. Yellow Cab's phone number is (814) 461-TAXI. Flag drop (entry fee) is $2.12, with a charge of $2.31 per mile and $0.33 for each minute of waiting time. For more information, go to

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

G.U.E.S.T. (Gannon University Escort Service Team)
(814) 871-7620
Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Gannon Knight Rider

The Gannon Knight Rider circles campus during the week.

(814) 459-8922

Monday-Friday 7:40 a.m.-12:20 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Erie Metro Transit Authority

Types of transit include the bus, bayliner trolley, and paratransit/lift.

(814) 452-3515

127 E. 14th St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Erie International Airport

This is the closest airport, but it's kind of small. The "international" part includes flights to Canada.

Tom Ridge Field/4411 W. 12th St.

(814) 833-4258

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


208 E. Bayfront Parkway

(814) 453-2171

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


125 W. 14th St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 21% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 42% 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.
  • 8% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 14% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 76% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 10% 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 23 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 24 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 22 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 49 responses

  • 20% Very easy.
  • 80% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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