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Alternative Transportation Options at Bowdoin

Below are a list of resources that can be used for students without cars who are looking for ways to travel off campus, or for employees who would like to connect with other interested carpoolers.

Yellow Bike Logo The Bowdoin Yellow Bike Club grants its members rental access to he Yellow Bikes fleet. As a Yellow Bike member, you save the stress of repairing and storing your own bicycle, but still enjoy convenient and emissionless transportation. And with Bowdoin's flat campus and Brunswick's official status as a Bicycle Friendly Community, biking is the best way to get around. For more information, contact Gabrielle Grandin

Other resources for bicyclists and walkers

Bowdoin College Ride Share Board
Who says you can’t get there from here!  Take advantage of the Bowdoin Ride Share Board to offer or look for rides to Sugarloaf, Portland, Boston and beyond!  The Ride Share Board is open to all Bowdoin College students, faculty and staff.  Click on the link above to get started. 

Other resources for carpoolers

ZipCar arrived on the Bowdoin campus in August of 2008, providing another means for students to get off campus without needing their own vehicle.  Zipcar is a car sharing program that provides  students, faculty, staff and community members 24/7 access to either a Honda Civic Hybrid or a Honda CRV.  For more about Zipcar at Bowdoin read the press release or visit the Zipcar website.

Purpool:  Bowdoin is a pilot campus tester for Purpool, a social network devoted to carpooling to work!  Purpool will help you find other carpoolers at Bowdoin, help administer your carpool and calculate the carbon you don't emit when you're carpooling.  Go directly to Purpool to register or learn more about it.

GO MAINE is a free public service with lots to offer commuters and employers.  From real financial savings, to a healthier environment, to a less stressful commute that results in more productive work time, GO MAINE can get your workday off to a better start and free you from cost and stress of driving alone.  Registering with GO MAINE is not a commitment, but merely an expression of your interest in exploring low-cost transportation options available to you.  Your registration information is confidential, is not sold, and is used only for the purpose matching with other registered commuters.  GO MAINE will provide you with carpool or vanpool matches, as well as info on other commuting options like the local bus, ferry and rail service, and, walking and biking routes.

Register with GO MAINE to get the Emergency Ride Home Guarantee* – their #1 benefit that allows for a free (or reimbursed) taxi ride or rental car home in the event of a workday emergency.  Think of it as "commuter insurance"! Learn more about the Emergency Ride Home at http://www.gomaine.org/emergency-ride-home-benefit/

Bowdoin Shuttle Service

The Bowdoin Shuttle provides safe and convenient transportation for Bowdoin students while classes are in session.  The shuttle operates within an approximate one-mile radius of the campus center, an area that includes downtown Brunswick, the Concord Coach Lines bus stop on Bath Road, and many off-campus student apartments. 

Public Transportation servicing Bowdoin and Brunswick

The Amtrak Downeaster is here!  After many years in the planning, Brunswick is now connected with Portland and Boston via the Amtrak Downeaster's passenger rail service.  Just a half mile walk from campus, students and their families can now take advantage of the two roundtrips to Boston each day.  For the complete schedule visit the Downeaster website.

The Bowdoin Student Government Taxi offers Friday and Saturday trips to Freeport and Portland during the academic year.  The shuttle departs from Moulton Union and tickets must be purchased from the Smith Union information desk ahead of time. Tickets to Portland's Old Port must be purchased by 5:00 pm Friday. Tickets cost $3.00. Click on the link above for complete details on departure and pick up times.

The BSG also sponsors a night taxi during the academic year. The night taxi runs Thursday from 10pm - 1am, and Friday/Saturday from 10pm - 2am. The service is good for anywhere within a 2-mile radius from campus, but within Brunswick. 

The Brunswick Explorer Bowdoin is serviced by a new bus route that serves the Brunswick community.  The bus, operated by Coastal Transportation, provides continuous service 5 days a week, and runs hourly from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm from one end of Brunswick to the other (Parkview Hospital to Hannaford’s Supermarket to Cooks Corner shopping Center to Mid Coast Hospital) for shopping, medical appointments, work, and the like.  The cost is $1 per ride or $2 for an all day pass.  For more details click on the link above.

Concord Coach Lines  operates a special Bowdoin College stop on campus during the school year – for complete schedule click the link above.  Bowdoin students are eligible for a $5 discount off a round-trip ticket to Portland, ME, Bangor, ME, Boston, MA and Logan Airport with their college I.D.

Greyhound Bus Service  operates in Brunswick, with a stop on Maine Street at the 7-11.  For a schedule click on the link above.


Academic & Club Trips

In addition to the above options, student clubs can also sign out campus vehicles from Bowdoin’s Vehicle fleet as long as their group is registered with Student Activities and they have a valid Bowdoin College project code.  Student Club drivers must meet all vehicle policy eligibility requirements and complete an Authorization to Drive form for each trip.  Examples of how this policy is used include going to lectures off campus, Outing Club trips for hiking, and Ski Club trips to the mountains.  Students can also use these fleet vehicles to get off campus for mentoring projects with the Community Service Resource Center, or for academic internships as long as the Department will sponsor the travel.