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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Jitney is there for use, it can be cramped or annoying but at least it is provided

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's great! Shuttle bus is the best

2 College Freshman

Transportation: There are zip cars but I don't use them. Otherwise, the Jitney is useful.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It's very easy to get around Hamilton and the surrounding areas. Our free jitney service takes students to the mall, grocery store, downtown, and pretty much anyplace else they need to go. As well as the jitney, we also have shuttles and buses. For vacations, Hamilton coordinates car pools, shuttles, and buses to take students where they need to go.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle are convenient than taking the public transportation.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Borrow a car from a friend or take the Jitney. The bus is rarely used, and it's a pain to walk up the hill from Clinton.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Get a ride from a friend, grab a taxi, or take the shuttles that Hamilton offers before breaks. A ride to the airport costs approximately $75 - $100 by taxi, so don't take one. Pay for gas and tolls if you're hitching a ride with another student. Most students are more than willing to take along a passenger if they have the extra room.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Hamilton Shuttle - The College offers a shuttle to the Syracuse and Albany airports and the Utica train and bus station for breaks.

(315) 859-4020

Hamilton College Jitney - The jitney runs each morning and afternoon on weekdays and all day on Saturday and Sunday. It stops at locations around town, such as Target, grocery stores, and downtown.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Central New York Regional Transportation Authority

This is the local bus system.

(315) 797-1121

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Syracuse Hancock International Airport

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The bus station is approximately 20 minutes away, located in downtown Utica at the train station.

321 Main St., Utica

(315) 735-4471

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Utica train station is located approximately 20 minutes away. There is also a station located in nearby Rome and approximately the same distance from Hamilton as the Utica station.

321 Main St., Utica

(315) 797-8962


The Utica train station is located approximately 20 minutes away. There is also a station located in nearby Rome and approximately the same distance from Hamilton as the Utica station.

6599 Martin St., Rome

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 25 responses

  • 40% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 4% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 23% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 35% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 35% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 8% 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 14 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 13 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 13 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 26 responses

  • 27% Very easy.
  • 54% Fairly easy.
  • 15% Fairly difficult.
  • 4% Very difficult.


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