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Community Engagement Shuttle

Please read all of the information below to learn about how the shuttle and the online shuttle sign-up system work before making your first shuttle reservation


How It Works

The Community Engagement Office operates a free shuttle for any Earlham student doing community service or Federal work study-supported off campus student employment. It runs each weekday afternoon during the school year. The shuttle does not operate during early semester, fall, winter or spring breaks.

All shuttles depart from and return to LBC. Students who are signed up to ride the shuttle should meet in the Center for Career and Community Engagement area on the first floor of LBC near the elevator five minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. The driver will meet riders in this area and walk with them out to the van. Drivers are encouraged to keep the shuttle running on time so there is no guarantee that the driver will be waiting if you are late. Students who simply do not show for a scheduled shuttle trip make the driver and other riders wait unnecessarily. Repeated lateness or failure to show up may result in temporary or permanent suspension of shuttle privileges.


The shuttle will depart from the Earlham campus each day at the following times: 12:30 1:00, 2:00, 2:30, 3:30, 4:00, 5:00 and 6:00. On each of these runs the driver will both drop off and pick up riders. The order of drop-offs and pick-ups and the route taken are at the discretion of the driver. It is hoped that this schedule accommodates Earlham’s afternoon class schedule. It allows, for example, a student to go out on the 12:30 shuttle run and return on the 2:00 run which is back on campus at or before 2:30.

Because the times listed on the schedule are the times that the shuttle departs from campus, it is important that students who are requesting to be picked up understand how to calculate the correct time slot to sign up for. For example, a student who needs to be back on campus by 5 should sign up to be picked up in the 4:00 time slot. This means that they will be picked up during the circuit that will leave campus at 4:00 and be back on campus at or before 5:00. A student who wanted to be back on campus at 5:00 but signs up in the 5:00 slot will be late as the driver will not leave campus until 5:00 and may be dropping off and picking up several other passengers before getting to the location of the person who signed up for the 5:00 pick-up. Likewise, students and sites will need to remain somewhat flexible because a student who signs up for a pick-up during the 4:00 run could be picked up shortly after 4:00 or not until almost 5:00 depending on the number and location of other riders and pick-ups during that hour.

Shuttle Reservations

All riders must sign up in advance to use the shuttle. Shuttle Reservations must be made at least twelve hours before the scheduled departure time. Reservations may be made as far in advance as you wish (up to 120 days in advance). If you need to be dropped off and picked up on the same day, please make both reservations at once. Reservations should only be made when you are certain of your plans, and cancellations should only occur occasionally when absolutely necessary. Remember that if you cancel a reservation, someone else who wanted to ride may have been prevented from signing up while you were holding the seat. There are only six reservations for each time slot corresponding to the number of seats on the van.

Anyone planning to ride the shuttle more than once is highly encouraged to create an account on the shuttle reservation site. In the future, once logged in, your contact information will automatically be filled in for you when you make a reservation, and you will also be able to cancel or reschedule a future reservation if your plans change.

For questions about the shuttle reservation system, please contact Derek Rice or Jana Schroeder.

All reschedule or cancellation requests must be received at least 12 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

PLEASE NOTE: No-show or cancellations with less than 12 hours notice will result in a $5 charge to your student account to cover the cost of the pre-paid taxi service, if your ride has been assigned to one of those. Repeated abuses may result in suspension of your access to the shuttle system. 

Rider Tips

Riders are strongly encouraged to get to know their driver. They should ask for the driver’s name and cell phone number and ask the driver if s/he will be driving all afternoon. Sometimes drivers split an afternoon shift. Having the driver’s information will be useful if you get a ride back to campus by another means, if you think you may have been left by the shuttle or if you aren’t sure exactly where the shuttle will pick you up. Keep in mind that it is illegal in Indiana for drivers to talk on cell phones while driving so you will need to leave a message and wait for the driver to respond when they have stopped somewhere.

You should always cancel using the electronic sign-up system or call the driver and/or the Community Engagement Office at 765-983-1893 if you do not need a ride that you previously signed up for or regarding any other changes or concerns. Please note, however, that the administrative assistant for the Center for Career and Community Engagement gets off work at 5, and the above phone number will not be answered after that time.

Ready to make a reservation?

Visit the EC Community Engagement Shuttle site to reserve your spot.

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