Going from a lush green environment to a busy city scape is a drastic change of scenery, but for some students at New England College, it is a change that is necessary for their classes.
NEC has two campuses, one in small town Henniker, NH, with plenty of greenery and nature, and the other in Manchester, NH: the biggest city north of Boston. While being 32 miles in between the two campuses, the drive to and from may not be do-able for some students.
After going through some changes due to the partly remote semester during the COVID-19 pandemic, the shuttle service in between the two campuses is back for the Fall 2021 semester.
“Some kids don’t have transportation, some kids don’t want to put the miles on their car, some kids don’t want to pay for the gas,” said Carl Accorto, supervisor for the campus-to-campus shuttle. “Hopefully, the shuttle takes a burden off of these students.”
“It’s an enjoyable ride,” said Megan Marcus, a student who takes the shuttle. “It’s quiet, but it gives me a chance to be lost in my own mind, personally.”
She also said the driver has a great sense of humor and is very kind.
Accorto urges students to use the service. “It’s a great service, and it’s there for you,” he said.
The shuttle runs Monday through Thursday at these times:
Manchester to Henniker
7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Henniker to Manchester
8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
9:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.
The pick-up point in Manchester is at the French Hall parking lot and the pick-up point in Henniker is at the Simon Center front porch.
The shuttle also makes weekly stops in Concord and has trips to the Concord Bus Station and Manchester Airport before and after college breaks.
For more information on the shuttle service, call Campus Safety at (603) 428-2323.