Public Transit & Alternative Transportation

Bus
The University of Massachusetts Transit Service

UMass Transit provides busing for the Five Colleges, and has routes throughout Amherst, Northampton, Hadley, Sunderland, Belchertown and Deerfield. The bus is free for students. Tickets/passes may be purchased by contacting PVTA customer service.

 
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

The PVTA covers the Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Counties of Massachusetts, as well as Hartford County in Connecticut.

 
Franklin Regional Transit Authority

The FRTA covers the Franklin County region.

 
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

The BRTA covers the Berkshire County region.

 
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority

MART services the Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner region.

 
Peter Pan Bus Lines

Peter Pan Bus Lines offers travel throughout the northeast, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and many more. Local terminals are located in Amherst, UMass, Hampshire College, Northampton, Deerfield, Chicopee, Greenfield, South Hadley and Springfield.

 
Air
Boston Logan Internation Airport

Boston Logan International Airport is New England's largest transportation center.

 
Bradley International Airport

Bradley Internation Airport services the Hartford and Springfield region.

 
Carpool
The University of Massachusetts Rideshare Program

UMass Parking Services offers a rideshare program as an alternative to driving to school or work alone. The program offers a carpool match-up service, reduced parking permit prices and priority spaces, as well as a guaranteed ride home in case of emergency.

 
Train
Amtrak

Amtrak offers railroad travel to cities throughout the nation. Local stations are in Amherst, Springfield, and Pittsfield.

 
Walking & Biking Trails
Norwottuck Rail Trail

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park and one of two paved rail trails within the Massachusetts State Forests and Parks System. It follows the former Boston and Maine Railroad right of way for ten miles through the towns of Amherst, Hadley, and Northampton.

 
Manhan Rail Trail

Nestled in the heart of the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton's Manhan Rail Trail offers unique recreational opportunities to people of all ages and interests. Bike, jog, roller blade, cross country ski or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll on what was once a viable rail corridor. The 4.2 mile (off-road) paved trail was completed in 2003 after 10 years of planning and fundraising. It is proposed that eventually, the trail will connect all the way from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts and beyond.