Your best bet when it comes to transportation is to bring a car. There is not much to visit in the area, but getting off campus is a welcome break from work and dorm life. Students especially like to escape Bon Appetit's food for some of the local restaurant fare. The Jitney, in itself, is an experience. The music is chosen by the driver. If the driver happens not to share your taste in music, you're stuck. Also, freshmen tend to get extremely excited about getting off campus so they will be jumping around and yelling throughout the ride. The Jitney will take you to the grocery store, downtown Clinton, the mall, and Wal-Mart. It is a convenient service for freshmen and other students without a car. The Jitney, however, can be unreliable. When the weather changes from bad to worse, service is cancelled, and students are left without a way to get off campus. The schedule also tends to change. You can rarely predict when or if the Jitney will come during the course of an hour. The Jitney is, however, a great way to get safely back to campus from a bar run.
The Utica Bus comes on campus and makes rounds to the mall and into downtown Utica. This is one of the best options for getting to the train station besides hitching a ride with a friend. The bus shares a station with the train, so the Utica Bus will take you right to Greyhound. The buses are also really great about staying on schedule and don't cancel routes without warning.