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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a bus system connecting Mount holyoke with the other nearby colleges. A car would be practical, however, because we are very isolated and taking the PVTA (Pioneer Valley transportation) can be a real hassle.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA runs often and connects the 5 colleges in the area. This makes it easy to get to Northhampton, Amherst and many other places.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA runs often and its free for 5 college students!!!! Its best to have your own car, but there are many ways to get around.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The PVTA system is free and easily accessible, however, the school is relatively isolated from the other towns.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is almost always on time, and it is a great way to get off campus and experience something different.


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Since the campus is relatively far from many places students would like to go, walking isn’t really an option. If you don’t have a car, public transportation will be your salvation. It’s a good thing there’s such an extensive system of bus routes running throughout the Pioneer Valley, which can technically all be reached by hopping on and off various buses, beginning with the ones that stop on campus. It will take a while, though. There are only two bus routes that stop on campus, both driven by UMass students and intended to allow MHC students to get to off-campus classes. Hence, they will come often during the week and less often on weekends, although there are some late-night buses on Friday and Saturday nights. You might find yourself waiting for an hour or more at some bus stops, which can be hellish in the winter.

Finding transportation off campus is not that hard, but it can get expensive quickly. A cab ride from South Hadley to Springfield costs between $30 and $40. It is highly recommended that you take the PVTA whenever possible, although, of course, you won’t always be able to do this. There’s where the Mount Holyoke community comes in handy. If you’re desperate for a ride, chances are you’ll be able to find a fellow student who will drive you where you need to go. Rides to and from the airport are regularly advertised around break times at half the cost of the Valley Transporter. Carpooling is also an option. So, while you may need to be more resourceful about finding a ride than you would have to be in a city, you can still get pretty much wherever you need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Getting a ride with a friend
  • PVTA
  • Your own car
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs about $40.
  • Edison Airport Service, South Hadley, (413) 536-0886
  • Seemo Shuttle, (800) 908-2829
  • Valley Transporter, Amherst, (413) 733-9700

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Safe Ride Van

This student driven van is financed by the Student Government Association and runs a loop around campus to escort students about campus.

Thursdays - Saturdays from 10p.m. - 2:30a.m.

Van rides to Big Y and Holyoke Mall

This is a college-run service for students who need to go shopping, but don't have cars. It leaves twice on Thursday evenings and twice on Friday evenings.

College-owned vehicles

The College owns a small fleet of vans, sedans and buses that departments and student organizations can use. To drive any of these vehicles you must be tested and approved. To reserve a vehicle, contact the fleet office.

(413) 538-2826

Public Safety escort service

(from campus parking lots or academic buildings to residence halls only)

(413) 538-2304

12:30 a.m.-dawn

Public TransitWhat's This?

University of Massachusetts Transit Service

UMass students drive Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) buses, fare-free, within the Five College area. Schedules are easily obtainable from buses and the Blanchard Information Desk, or you can use the one you'll get in your mailbox in the beginning of each school year.

(413) 545-0056 (bus schedule information)

(413) 545-1633 ( holiday and snow information)

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA)

This is essentially the same system as above, only routes outside the Five College area carry a fare and it's more difficult to get a bus, as none of them stop on campus and you'll have to figure out transfers

(413) 781-7882

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Bradley International Airport

The airport is located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, approximately 30 miles and 40 minutes away from the College.

(860) 292-2000 (888) 624-1533

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Peter Pan Bus Lines

The closest ticket center is across the street from the College, inside Crazy Moon Fashion Company. The bus will stop at the nearby bus shelter. There are also terminals in Amherst and Northampton. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

Crazy Moon Fashion Co., 21 College St., South Hadley

(800) 343-9999

Peter Pan Bus Lines

The closest ticket center is across the street from the College, inside Crazy Moon Fashion Company. The bus will stop at the nearby bus shelter. There are also terminals in Amherst and Northampton. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

1 Roundhouse Plaza,, Northampton

(413) 586-1030

Peter Pan Bus Lines

The closest ticket center is across the street from the College, inside Crazy Moon Fashion Company. The bus will stop at the nearby bus shelter. There are also terminals in Amherst and Northampton. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

79 S. Pleasant St., Amherst

(413) 256-0431

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Springfield Amtrak Station

The nearest Amtrak station is in Springfield, which is about 12 miles or 20-minutes driving time from Mount Holyoke.

66 Lyman St., Springfield

(413) 785-4230

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 50 responses

  • 44% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 40% 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.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Nonexistent.

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

  • 12% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 16% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 70% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 2% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 33 responses

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

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 33 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 32 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

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

  • 24% Very easy.
  • 37% Fairly easy.
  • 33% Fairly difficult.
  • 6% Very difficult.
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