Many students do not find a need to use Baltimore City public transportation. Instead, they use the free shuttle service, called the Collegetown Shuttle, which can get them to the Harbor, the Hopkins Medical School, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Towson, the mall, other area universities, and anywhere else within a mile of campus. When students want to go to D.C., they take the Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station and then take the Amtrak or MARC trains. Students who do use the city’s public transportation describe it as reliable and cheap.
Baltimore public transportation isn’t great, but it will suffice. The main complaint about it is that it takes many connections to reach certain points in the city. There are also entire sections of the city and suburbs that are not accessible by public transportation. Some students feel unsafe on the buses because of the mix of individuals who use them for travel. Since many students do not have cars, they use mostly shuttle services and taxis to get around Baltimore. Students don’t generally cite lack of public transportation as a reason that they don’t leave the Homewood campus, though.