Getting Around Locally

From Bates College vans to the Bobcat Express service, there are a variety of ways students can explore everything Lewiston and Auburn have to offer.

Getting to Portland, Boston, and Beyond

Are you looking to get out of town for the weekend?  Or perhaps you’re trying to catch a bus, train, or flight over a break period.  We’ve compiled a list of transportation options getting you to Portland, Boston, and beyond!


Bates College Vehicles

Bates College currently has two vehicles that are available for recognized student groups to sign out.  Our two vans can accommodate eleven people. Van 1 is available for free for a maximum of five hours and Van 2 can be reserved for $30 for five hours or $60 for a 24-hour block. A gas usage fee of .45/mile will be charge to your account. Drivers must be van certified by Bates Security & Campus Safety or of the age of 25+ to drive college owned or rented vehicles. You can reserve these vehicles online! Check out vehicle availability and reserve a vehicle!

Bobcat Express -(Lewiston/Auburn Shuttle)

The Bobcat Express provides a free shuttle to key places in the Lewiston-Auburn area each weekend while school is in session.  The shuttle runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.-with safe-rides after darkness, and during the day on Sunday from 12:00-6:00.  The shuttle picks students up right outside of Chase Hall at 56 Campus Avenue.

Bobcat Express Bus Transportation for community engaged learning-(Service Learning Shuttle)

Community-Engaged Learning Shuttle Information
Students who need transportation to off-campus sites can also use one of our two shuttle services, one operating on a regular schedule, and the other providing a “taxi service.”

Scheduled Shuttles
The bus shuttle operates on two loops during the school day. The first loop, departing from Chase Hall on the half hour beginning at 8:30 am, stops at Longley, Martel, Lewiston High School, , and Farwell. The second loop, departing on the hour from Chase Hall beginning at 9:00 am, stops at McMahon, Montello, and Geiger. In the afternoon, starting at 3:00 pm, this shuttle will make its rounds to Tree Street and the Lewiston Public Library. Please click here to download a copy of the current CEL shuttle schedule (fall 2018).

Taxi Shuttle
If a student is going to a location that is not included on one of the established routes, or if the shuttle arrives but is full, he/she may call our other community-engaged learning shuttle. Our “taxi” shuttle is a service that runs from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday taking students to community placements in Lewiston and Auburn. There will be two vehicles–one from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the other from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Requests are made through student dispatchers and radioed on a “first-come, first-serve” basis to the driver of the car. Shuttle drivers know directions to all schools and most community agencies if you have the correct name.

To request a taxi shuttle, you should go to the Security building located at 245 College street and speak to the person at the desk in the Transportation Coordinator’s office. The Bobcat Express will pick you up in front of Chase Hall as soon as possible. You must be prepared to wait as long as 30 minutes for a ride depending on where the vehicle is when you call. The shuttle cannot take advance “reservations.” You must be at Chase Hall when you need the ride.

When you are ready to return, call (207) 786-8300. It will help everyone use the shuttle more efficiently if you:

  • avoid making requests for rides for distances under a mile except in inclement weather or other special circumstances.
  • coordinate with other students going to the same location and make one call to the shuttle.
  • plan to be picked up from your school placement by no later than 2:30 pm.

Shuttle drivers will leave if you are not in a visible location when they arrive to pick you up.

If you have any concerns about the shuttle service, including extended—over 30 minute—waits, they should be emailed to Kevin Plaisted ( Concerns are monitored and efforts are made to address them. Thank you for your cooperation.

U-Save Vans

For alternate accommodations, U-Save by Larry Stewart’s gives Bates affiliates discounted rates on 12 passenger van rentals.  Please note that to reserve U-Save vans, drivers must be van certified by Bates Security & Campus Safety. For more information please visit their website or call (207) 353-4133.


Sign up for Zipcar, a car sharing service with locations throughout the world – there are two cars on campus.  Membership with Zipcar is open to anyone 18 or older, and your membership allows you to sign out the cars for $8.50 per hour, or $69 per day – gas and insurance included.  For more information on the program, or to sign up go to:  Please note that Zipcar is not affiliated with or endorsed by Bates College.