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 the PVTA, Five College Shuttle Bus, Fleet Community Shuttle, fleet vehicles, or by other means.

PVTA Buses

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority runs a free Five College shuttle bus between UMASS-Amherst, Hampshire College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College. View PVTA bus information and schedules. Please note: the MHC-Smith College bus and shuttle schedule, which has changed from last year. 

The PVTA also operates the Red 29 route which will follow Route 116 into downtown Holyoke and the Holyoke Mall, with a stop at Mount Holyoke and run 363 days a year. For more info and a map click here.

Five College Shuttle Bus

The CBL Program collaborates with the Five College Community-Based Learning Committee to provide a UMASS transit shuttle route to and from various sites in Holyoke, timed to coincide with afterschool youth development, tutoring and mentoring programs. The bus runs from UMass, Hampshire and MHC to select Holyoke Partners as below, beginning Monday, Sept. 28- Thursday Dec. 10 and runs Monday through Thursday. NO shuttle service: Oct 12, Nov. 11, Nov.25, 26 & 27. 

This UMass shuttle bus is a maroon and white shuttle bus which departs from the “Peter Pan” Bus Stop on Route 116 in front of the Thirsty Mind at 2:55 pm, and returns to MHC at 6:15pm. The Bus will drop MHC (and Five College) students off at these locations and return to pick them up in the same order from 5:00-5:45pm.

1. Homework House (N. Summer St) & NEARI Jump-Start 

2. Kelly Elementary School

3. Morgan Elementary School 

4. Holyoke Boys & Girls Club 

5. Homework House (Chestnut St) 

6. Peck School (Connections and Choices) & YWCA

7. Dean Tech High School (Connections and please note: The bus will only drop-off: A van will conduct pick-up for this site.) 

MHC Fleet Community Service Van

Mount Holyoke College runs a Community Service Shuttle to other locations in South Hadley and Holyoke. Only students going to and from destinations other than the afterschool program sites served by the Five College Shuttle above may take the community service van. This will run September 14 through December 21, 2015, Monday through Friday.

Departs Blanchard Bus Stop / Returns to Blanchard

12:45pm / 1:15pm

1:45pm / 2:15pm

2:45pm / 3:15pm

3:45pm / 4:15pm

4:45pm / 5:15pm

--         / 6:00pm (pickup only)

The van does not operate during college holidays or inclement weather. Bring the name and address of the location you will be dropped off. Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up time is arranged with the driver en route to the location.

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 driver’s license already. View 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 the damage expenses or the 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 the damage expenses 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 at x2344 with any questions.

Reserving Fleet Vehicles or Using CBL Drivers

If you are arranging for occasional or regular transportation for groups of student volunteers, CBL course students and/or off-campus work-study placements, you may be able to reserve fleet vehicles and utilize CBL-employed drivers as availability permits. Please contact the CBL Transportation Coordinator to reserve these. Please note: drivers and vehicles are NOT available for individuals for regular travel to and from sites.