Transportation to Partner Sites

We have two shuttles, one operating on a regular schedule to local schools and after-school programs, the other providing a “taxi service.” 

Scheduled Shuttle

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 Connors, Lewiston High School, and Farwell. The second loop, departing on the hour from Chase Hall beginning at 9:00 am, stops at Geiger, Montello, and McMahon. In the afternoon, starting at 3:00 pm, this shuttle will make its rounds to Tree Street Youth, the Root Cellar, B Street Health Clinic and AK Health and Human Services. Please click here to download a copy of the current CEL shuttle schedule (fall 2021).

Taxi Shuttle

If you are going to a different location, or if the shuttle arrives but is full, you may call our other community-engaged learning shuttle.   Our “taxi” shuttle is a service that runs from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Friday taking students to community placements in Lewiston and Auburn.  Requests are made through the security dispatcher and radioed on a “first-come, first-serve” basis to the driver of the van.  Shuttle drivers know directions to all schools and most community agencies if you have the correct name. 

You should call (207) 786-8300 when you need a ride. The van will pick you up in front of Chase Hall.  You must be prepared to wait as long as 30 minutes for a ride depending on where the van is when you call.  The shuttle cannot take advance “reservations.”  You must be at Chase when you need the ride. 

When you are ready to return, call.  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 David Chick (dchick@bates.edu).  Concerns are monitored and efforts are made to address them.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Other Ways to Get Around

If you choose to use a means of transportation other than the shuttle, please bear the following in mind:

  • We are close to downtown; you can often walk or bike (especially great with friends!) to your community partnership sites.
  • There is a public bus service (known as the Purple Bus) in Lewiston/Auburn; you can find schedules, fares, and route information online at http://www.purplebus.org/public/.

If you choose to ride in a private vehicle, the primary  insurance coverage is that of the vehicle.  So if you decide to drive three buddies in your car to a volunteer event, your car’s insurance is what will take care of everyone if anything happens.  Similarly, if you borrow a friend’s car, his/her insurance will be primary.