Transportation Policies, Information and Resources

The CBL Program cannot guarantee transportation for every project or position. If you have transportation challenges you should ensure that you can get to your placement/project site via one of the options below, or by other private means.

MHC Provided Transportation

PVTA

The Pioneer Valley Transport Authority runs a free Five College shuttle bus between Amherst, Northampton, Hadley and South Hadley. The PVTA’s R25 route also runs between South Hadley and Holyoke daily, also connecting to destinations beyond (including Springfield). View the transportation resources page for routes and scheduling.

Fleet Licensing

Students are strongly encouraged to seek a “fleet license” in order to drive college vehicles, if they are in possession of a valid drivers license already. Information about fleet licensing procedure and classes.

Liability for Fleet Vehicles

The college requires departments to assume responsibility for the $500 insurance deductible in the event a Fleet Services vehicle is damaged during use. The following policies apply to cost-sharing of this deductible, as it applies to use of vehicles damaged during use for community-based learning:

  • Course-based CBL:
    If you are driving yourself and/or fellow students for the purposes of a credit-bearing CBL class at Mount Holyoke, the CBL Program and the academic department hosting the CBL course will share the costs of this deductible 50/50 (e.g. $250 each).
  • CBL Fellows and Fellowship Projects:
    If you are driving yourself and/or fellow students, or if a student is driving a vehicle on behalf of a CBL Fellow’s project, the student driver and the CBL Program will share the costs of this deductible 50/50 (e.g. $250 each). The student has until the close of the academic year to pay off this liability. If you are a fellow and you recruit a student driver to drive the Fleet vehicle, it is your responsibility to ensure your driver understands and accepts this liability.

Liability for Personal Vehicles

Should you choose to use your own vehicle, the college does not consider that to be driving on college business and you, your car, and your passengers are not covered by college insurance. This is not a CBL Program policy, it is an official college position determined by the Risk Management Office. Please contact them with any questions.