Green Transportation

Whether you are trying to get a quick ride downtown or are planning a trip to Portland, Boston, or beyond, Bowdoin provides students with many options to make it not only easier for you travel but also greener and better for the environment.  Read below for details on the many transportation options at Bowdoin - or watch Bowdoin students talk about their ease of travel to and from campus with the twice-daily buses and trains departing from Brunswick for Portland and Boston each day!

Carpooling with the RideShare App

To make carpooling easier, Bowdoin has a private “Rideshare” app and website for students to use, especially during college breaks. Whether you live in New York and have space in your car, or you live in California and need a ride to the airport, there are many opportunities to cut down on car emissions by carpooling. It is simple to use – just post whether you need a ride or whether you have space to give a ride and see what other students have posted. Download the Rideshare App for iPhones or go to www.bowdoin.edu/hitch.

Carpooling with the Go Maine NuRide website

GOMAINE.org is where you can find free, money-saving, energy efficient commuting solutions. GO MAINE is the statewide commuter services program sponsored by MaineDOT and the Maine Turnpike Authority.  In the fall of 2015 GO Maine began a partnership with NuRide, the nation’s largest commuter rewards program.  With NuRide you can now be rewarded for your green transportation choices. It’s easy and free! Simply go to www.nuride.com, fill out your profile, find your ride matches, record your trips and get your rewards.  Rewards include restaurant coupons, retailers discounts, and tickets to shows and attractions. And new ones are added often.  GO MAINE also offers an Emergency Ride Home Benefit (ERH) to all registered GO MAINE NuRide members.  Check out their facebook page with regular updates about being a commuter in Maine! 

Campus Shuttles

You probably know about the Bowdoin Shuttle – the friendly white van that will pick you up at your apartment and bring you anywhere on campus free of charge - but you may not know about the other shuttle options in Brunswick or to Freeport and Portland:

  • $5.00 trips to Freeport or Portland: The BSG and Treasurer’s Office provide subsidized taxi fare to downtown Portland, the Maine Mall, and Freeport on all weekends throughout the year. Tickets must be bought in advance with either cash or your Onecard at the Smith Union Info Desk. Click here to view the shuttle schedule.
  • FREE Taxi rides in Brunswick: From 10:00pm – 1:30am on Tuesdays and Thursday-Saturday, Brunswick Taxi (207-729-3688) will give you a free ride within 1 mile of campus. Click here for more information.
  • College Break Airport Shuttle Service: BSG provides shuttles to the Portland Jetport free of charge for students who have flights home over the various college breaks. Sign up for a spot here.

The Brunswick Explorer

Brunswick Explorer

Another transportation options within Brunswick is the Brunswick Explorer, a public transportation service that provides transit throughout downtown Brunswick as well as to Cook’s Corner. For more information and a schedule of destinations, click here to access the Brunswick Explorer homepage.

Yellow Bike Club

The BSG provides funding for the Yellow Bike Club, a service that allows students to rent bikes for a full semester at a low membership fee. Additionally, members to the club have full access to their bike repair hours. This service supports the college’s goal to prove more sustainable transportation options on campus. If you would like to learn more or sign up, visit their website.

Zipcar

Zip-car

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 this press release or visit the Zipcar website.

Bus/Train options to Portland, Boston, Bangor etc.

  • Amtrak Downeaster
    • 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.
  • Concord Coach Bus Lines
    • 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
    • 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

Student clubs can 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. This policy can be used for events such as going to lectures off campus or doing trips with the Outing Club. Students can also use Bowdoin vehicles to travel for mentoring projects or academic internships, as long as the Department agrees to sponsor the travel.

Bowdoin EV Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available for the Bowdoin College community and campus visitors. Two level 2 chargers are located in the Russwurm Parking lot next to the John Brown Russwurm African-American Center on College Street.  The chargers can be utilized with any major credit card.  The cost is $1.00 per hour and cars must be moved when they are done charging. 

The charging payment station is managed by Greenlots.  Users can access the Greenlots website or app to track the availability of the charge stations as well as the progress of their charging once plugged in.  Users of iPhone (iOS5 or later) and Android (2.2 and up) can take advantage of the free Greenlots app which allows users to load funds onto the app and manage payments on site with their phone.