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Penn State’s Best Kept Secret: The Campus Shuttle

You get out of bed. How quickly your Keurig makes your coffee will determine if you’re going to class or back to sleep. You forego brushing your teeth and looking presentable in hopes of catching the bus to class. And after all of that, you walk out to see the White Loop driving by the bus stop, taunting you.

But have no fear, the campus shuttle is here!

Running every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, the campus shuttle offers free transportation to 23 stops on campus. Notable stops include East Halls, the library, and the business building.

On its website, the Penn State Transportation Services encourages people to “take advantage of the convenient campus shuttle, a free bus that is available each workday.”

If you’re banging your head against the wall, questioning how you didn’t know there was a free shuttle, you’re not alone. The shuttle service is hiding in plain sight, with many stops located within a block of a bus stop. Everyone’s seen one of these driving around campus before:

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Unlike the bus system, which can be tracked with the CATA app, the shuttles have predetermined stop times.

The shuttle is available to faculty, students, and visitors (so essentially, everyone). However, with only two 16-passenger mini buses, their fleet is small and not very mighty. At any given moment, only 32 people can take advantage of this free service. So next time you’re in need of a ride to class, check out the campus shuttle. No wonder it’s the best kept secret on campus.

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