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3 College Senior

Transportation: It is relatively cheap for me to travel back and forth between utilizing the train, car pooling, and driving my own vehicle

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: honestly, WMU as an awesome transportation system, there are like 6 busses that run exclusively through campus and make it easy to get around if you don't want to walk. About 90 percent of the time the busses are at the scheduled stops within 2 minutes.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: School buses are widely used, city buses less so

4 College Senior

Transportation: If you are a student here at WMU, then public transportation and campus buses are FREE!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Easy and quick to get around.


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At WMU, both on campus and off, there is a bus system that will take you to your destination. There are stops in local neighborhoods where students reside, and the bus will make a number of stops all over campus. The bus system is most used by freshmen and commuters who do not have a parking pass. There are also a number of taxi services around the city that can take you pretty much anywhere. Usually, there is a flat rate per person, but for some of the taxi services, they charge by distance.

Kalamazoo was founded as a "train city," and the Amtrak, which sits downtown, is a very popular mode of transportation between the eastern side of the state and even Chicago. In terms of more localized ways to get around, you can expect to see the majority of people at Western walking or riding their bikes to class each day, as it is the most common form of transportation. Western's campus is rather large, so plan accordingly.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Bus
  • Cars
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
Friend with a car
Local Taxi Services
Big Daddy Taxi is by far the cheapest and most accessible taxi service in the area. They'll take you anywhere in the city for $3 a person. Many other taxi services are comparable. Expect a decent wait for the taxi to arrive, so call them an hour before you want to leave, and they'll be there on time.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Walking escorts
(269) 387-RIDE
Daily 6 p.m.-4 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bronco Transit

There are a few different types of routes, including the Brown, Gold, Oakland, and Parkview routes. Plus, there are express routes and Kalamazoo routes.

(269) 387-2200

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:50 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metro Transit

Metro Transit has frequencies of 15-minute, 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute routes.

(269) 337-8222

530 N. Rose St.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

This airport is about seven miles, or a 12-minute drive, from campus.

5235 Portage Road

(269) 388-3668

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This Greyhound station is only about a five-minute drive from campus (roughly 1.5 miles).

459 N. Burdick St.

(269) 337-8201

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This Amtrak station is located in the same area as the Greyhound station; it's roughly a five-minute drive (1.5 miles) from campus.

459 N. Burdick St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 206 responses

  • 71% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 0% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 206 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 84% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% 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 87 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 87 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 88 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 205 responses

  • 23% Very easy.
  • 67% Fairly easy.
  • 9% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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