Bowdoin Shuttle FAQ

What is the Bowdoin Shuttle?

The Bowdoin Shuttle is a College-run transportation system for Bowdoin students. The shuttle operates within a one-mile radius of the Polar Bear.  The program uses white seven-passenger vans bearing the Bowdoin Shuttle name and logo.  There is no charge for this service.

What are the hours of operation?

The shuttle runs seven days a week when the College is in session.  The hours are Sunday - Wednesday 6 p.m. - 2 a.m., and Thursday - Saturday, 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Who drives the shuttle?

The College has hired professional drivers, including certified school bus drivers.   

How do I contact the Bowdoin Shuttle?

Simply dial 725-3337 and tell the dispatcher where you want to be picked up and where you want to go.  Depending on your location, you may be directed to a nearby shuttle stop.

Do I always need to go to a designated shuttle stop?

That depends on where you are.  The College has designated 12 shuttle stops, eight on campus and four off campus, which must be used for those locations.  However, locations not served by a shuttle stop will receive direct service as long they are within the one-mile operating radius.

Where are the designated shuttle stops?

The stops are listed on the Bowdoin Shuttle website.

Will Security give me a ride during the day when the shuttle is not operating?

Security officers will not provide "convenience rides."  Security will only provide rides in certain narrowly defined situations:

  1. Hospital transports that do not require an ambulance and that are not routine doctor appointments or follow-up visits.
  2. Students with debilitating injuries or physical disabilities.
  3. When there is an actual student safety concern.  NOTE: This does not apply to inclement weather.

But what if it's raining or snowing and I need a ride to class?

Buy an umbrella and good pair of boots!

What if it is past 3 a.m. and dark and I need a ride after the shuttle stops running?

No problem.  For your safety, Security will be happy to transport you back to your residence.  Call Security at 725-3500.

How long will the shuttle wait before driving away?

Not for very long.  The shuttle will wait one minute, so please be ready when the shuttle arrives or you will have to wait until the shuttle completes its pending calls.

If I have a guest visiting me, can she ride the shuttle?

Yes, authorized guests may ride the shuttle with you.  The driver may ask for identification if there is any question about a person’s eligibility to use the shuttle.

I live at Red Brick House. Will the shuttle go there?

Yes.  Red Brick House and other off-campus student housing located within one-mile of the campus will be served by the shuttle.

I live at Brunswick Apartments. Where do I meet the shuttle?

To improve efficiency, Brunswick Apartments and other campus apartment complexes have one shuttle Stop for pick-ups and drop-offs.  When you call for a ride from any of these locations you must meet the shuttle at the shuttle stop.  Shuttle stop locations are posted on the Bowdoin Shuttle web page.

Will the shuttle take me to Hannaford's Supermarket?

Yes, there is a designated shuttle stop at Hannaford's at the curb near the right front of the building closest to Elm Street Apartments.

I just love the fun and excitement of Cook's Corner for shopping, restaurants, movies and bowling. Will the shuttle take me there, too?

Sorry, Cook's Corner is too far away.  The shuttle only goes within one mile of the Polar Bear.

Is there a shuttle stop downtown?

Yes.  There is one (and only one) shuttle stop on Maine Street at the parking lot next to Joshua's Tavern.  This is the only Maine Street location where the shuttle will stop.  Joshua's is a popular destination and the parking lot is centrally located to many downtown businesses.

Wow, that's great! Will the shuttle take me to the Sea Dog?

Don't worry.  The shuttle will take you to the Sea Dog, too.

When I drink I occasionally become rude and disorderly. Will the shuttle...?

Absolutely not.  The shuttle will not provide rides to any person who the driver believes may pose a problem or safety concern.  Please be courteous and respectful to the shuttle driver and passengers.