Campus News

New Transportation Services Available to the Bowdoin Community

Story posted September 03, 2010

From shared cars and shuttles to bus services and bikes, the Bowdoin community has more transportation options than ever before, making travel — whether a local errand or a trip out of town — easy, affordable and environmentally friendly.

New offerings, such as a hybrid electric bus line and a convenient rental car location, join established services including car-sharing, a College shuttle and commercial bus line. The community is also set to welcome passenger rail service to and from Boston in fall 2012.

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Brunswick Explorer
Using hybrid electric buses that are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bike racks, the Brunswick Explorer includes Bowdoin on a route that also serves Hannaford, Brunswick Station, Parkview Hospital, Mid Coast Hospital, Walmart and others. Riders may pay per trip or purchase a monthly pass. Visit the website.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Opening in September)
Enterprise, offering round-trip and one-way car rentals, is expanding its Brunswick presence by opening a second location at Brunswick Station. It is to offer the same assortment of vehicles found at the Pleasant Street location. Visit the website.

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Bowdoin Shuttle
The College's shuttle service provides safe, convenient and free transportation for Bowdoin students. It operates within an approximate one-mile radius of campus, serving an area that includes downtown Brunswick and many off-campus student apartments. With 12 convenient stops, the Bowdoin Shuttle provides reliable service seven days a week when the College is in session. Visit the website.

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Shuttle
The Bowdoin Student Government's shuttle service offers Friday and Saturday trips to Freeport and Portland during the academic year. Tickets cost $3 and are sold at the Smith Union information desk; the shuttle departs from Moulton Union. Visit the website.

Zipcar
Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service, offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the challenges of having a car on campus. The fleet — comprising a Toyota Prius, Honda CRV (a small sport utility vehicle) and a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck — is available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by students, faculty, staff and community members who become Zipcar members. The cars are located on College Street next to the Russwurm African American Center. Visit the website.

Yellow Bike Club
Bowdoin's Yellow Bike Club grants its members access to any of the 50 yellow bikes scattered across campus. An annual fee of $15 pays for the bikes' maintenance. Membership is open to students, faculty and staff. Visit the website.

Concord Coach Lines
Bus service from Bowdoin to Portland, Boston and beyond continues with some changes. Concord Coach Lines is consolidating its two Brunswick bus stops into one at Brunswick Station; stops at the Mobile station and Druckenmiller Hall will no longer exist. However, in collaboration with the College, Concord Coach Lines will offer pickup at Druckenmiller Hall for holiday and break transportation; watch the campus digest for notices. Visit the website.

Amtrak Downeaster (Coming in 2012)
The expansion of Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service (currently between Boston and Portland) to Brunswick was announced in August 2010. Daily round trips between Boston and Brunswick are expected to begin in fall 2012. In the meantime, passengers can board the train at the Portland station. Visit the website.

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