Service Learning Shuttle
Transportation for the Learning Service Shuttle is now part of the “Bobcat Express”
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.”
The van 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. (Students going to downtown locations such as Tree Street, Root Cellar, St.Mary’s Nutrition Center, and Trinity Jubilee can get a ride with the van on this loop leaving at half past the hour if there is open seating availability). 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).
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 5:30 pm Monday to Friday taking students to community placements in Lewiston and Auburn. 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.
Shuttle drivers will leave if you are not in a visible location when they arrive to pick you up, and that will quite likely result in an extended time of waiting before another can make a return. The Bobcat Express does not function as a personal “Uber” type of service catering to the individual, but operates more from a holistic model with view of the overall objective accomplishment; often incorporating several pick ups and drop offs along the course of a route.
If you have any concerns about the shuttle service, including extended—over 30 minute—waits, they should be emailed to the Transportation Coordinator. Concerns are monitored and efforts are made to address them. Thank you for your cooperation.