preliminary planning principles
rail access and airports
Amherst is accessible by train via Amtrak service –most trains arrive by way of Springfield. Springfield is serviced by trains from Boston, Albany, and New York. The train station is located approximately two blocks east of Amherst Center. Local bus routes provide service between the train station and campus. However, train service is limited to one or two trains per day. Using rail for commuting may be difficult but may offer alternatives for students who wish to occasionally travel within the region.
The campus is served by major airports in Hartford, CT, Boston, MA, Manchester, NH, and New York City. All of these airports have access to rail networks which can serve the campus. These airports are also major destinations for out-of-state students arriving from or returning home. Some campuses provide an airport shuttle service to the airport to reduce the need for personal automobiles.
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