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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I drive myself to and from campus on weekends to go home--there's really no other choice, dudes. I live 1 hour 30 min south in a rural part of the state. What freaking buses are you talking about? Lots of people have cars, even just to get home.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The trolley system works on the weekends and certain evenings to take students downtown, grocery shopping, and the mall. It is not used to take students to class and is not needed since the campus is so small.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great, but doesn't go everywhere.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation is mostly unnecessary since everything is within walking distance. The trolleys take students downtown and to the store.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The trolley is great for individuals who don't have a car on campus or simply wish to not waste gas. It usually runs multiple times to Kroger every Wednesday and downtown during the weekend.


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If you come to Mercer, you will mostly likely need a car because the University is not exactly within walking distance of places of interest for students, with the exception of Mercer Village across the street. Luckily, a car is not needed to get around campus—walking is the easiest and fastest method of getting to class. In recent years, a growing interest in biking as a means of getting around Mercer and Macon seems to be increasing, and there are plenty of bicycle racks on campus and ongoing discussions of future bike lanes on and around campus.

The free trolley system that runs on Mercer’s campus five days a week is an extremely popular method of transportation, especially on weekend nights. It runs between campus and downtown Macon, effectively reducing the potential of students driving drunk on their way home from the downtown bars. The trolley also travels to the nearby Kroger grocery store on Wednesdays. The trolley has two pick-up stops, one on Greek Row and another in front of the Connell Student Center. However, other than the trolley, public transportation is not generally available or used by students, which is why having a car is necessary.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Drive
  • Trolley
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Groome Transportation is an airport shuttle service with a location in Macon. Mercer students can get picked up on campus during the day as long as they call and schedule their pick-up in advance. It costs $34 to and from the Atlanta Airport.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Mercer Police
(478) 301-HELP
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Trolley System

The shuttle runs between campus and downtown Macon.

(478) 301-2685

Wednesday-Saturday 7:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority

(478) 803-2505

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Middle Georgia Regional Airport

The airport is about 10 miles from campus.

1000 Terminal Dr., Macon

(478) 788-3760

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The station is approximately 2 miles from campus.

65 Spring St., Macon

(478) 743-5411

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 82 responses

  • 26% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 10% 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.
  • 26% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 37% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 20% 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.
  • 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 42 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 41 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 41 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 82 responses

  • 16% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 16% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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