Since everything necessary is within walking distance, the public transportation system in Walla Walla is rarely used by students. Students who do need to get somewhere farther away either get rides from friends or borrow someone's car. Though the system is available, many students either are unaware of it or do not use it much, if at all.
In fact, most students find the public transportation system unnecessary to use. Everything on campus is within walking distance, and many students bike. Safeway (the local grocery store) is also right down the street from campus; many restaurants are just on Main Street right down from campus, as well; and the Greyhound bus station or Walla Walla airport are small, and close enough that students ask their friends with cars to drop them off or pick them up there. Overall, the public transportation system is extensive and adequate for such a small town, but on the upside, since the town is so small, and most of what students need is right on campus (or not far away), it is not needed. If anything, borrowing students' cars, taking a taxi, and getting rides from other students is more of Whitman's "public" transportation system, and students are always happy to help out.