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COLLEGE GUIDE: How to Get Around Town

Monday, August 27, 2012


You don't need a car to get off campus for shopping, food, or just a change of scenery... you've got lots of options.

 As much as you love your school, there may be times when you need to get off campus. Whether you need to shop, eat, study or just explore other parts of the city or state, there are a variety of affordable ways to do so.


Colleges of Worcester Consortium Shuttle service
Free shuttle bus service connecting six Worcester campuses with each other, the Worcester Public Library, Union Station, Worcester Art Museum and downtown.

Schedule and Stops:
Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hourly stops at the six colleges as well as the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Public Library and Union Station.

  1. Becker College/Worcester - Front Gate at 61 Sever Street
  2. WPI - Riley Hall, in the Quad
  3. Assumption College - Plourde Recreation Center
  4. Worcester State College - Front of Administration Buildings
  5. Clark University - WRTA stop, Main Street
  6. College of the Holy Cross - Main Door of Hogan Campus Center
  7. Worcester Public Library - Salem Street (WRTA Access)
  8. Union Station - Major Taylor Boulevard bus stop (WRTA Access)
  9. Worcester Art Museum - Lancaster Street

CityRide shuttle runs Friday and Saturday connecting the 4 participating colleges (WPI, Clark, Assumption and Holy Cross) to six popular spots for food, shopping and entertainment. It is free for full-time undergrad students at one of the 4 colleges, but ID must be presented. 501-581-8911. www.cowc.org/college-student-resources/cityride

WRTA services Worcester State, Holy Cross, Becker, Clark, WPI and Quinsigamond Community College as well as downtown and shopping areas. Full cash fare for adults (14+) is $1.50 and the College Semester UPASS (must show College ID) is $100.00. Check online for the schedule. Customer Service Center at 317 Main Street, Worcester. 508-453-3462. www.therta.com


Red Cab
Red Cab is available 24/7 and accepts all major credit cards. You can make reservations online or by phone. 180 Prescott Street, Worcester. 508-792-9999. www.worcester-redcab.com

Yellow Cab
Also available 24/7, also accepts credit cards. Phone reservations only. 7 South Crystal, Worcester. 508-754-3211. yellowcabworcester.com


Students 18 and over can join ZipCar and then can reserve one of the cars on their campus either online or by phone. Your card will unlock the car you rented and you are ready to drive away—gas and insurance is free with your membership. Participating colleges (WPI, Clark and Holy Cross), follow these rates: $0 sign up, $25 annual, $35 driving credit. For more, check out www.zipcar.com.


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