It wasn’t that long ago when only a handful of students actually had their own cars. Today, it seems like every teen who gets their driver’s license, gets their own car as well. And despite what you may be hearing about today’s teens and young adults, they are not quite ready to give up their own cars for current ride-sharing alternatives. In fact, according to a Gen Z Automotive Trends report by Kelley Blue Book, 72% of these teens would rather have a car for a year than use social media. We were as shocked as you probably are to hear these results!
However, these teen drivers, especially those that have just gotten their licenses and are experiencing the freedom and convenience of having their own car, may get a rude awakening in the next phase of their life, when they head off to their college or university.
If your school is like many others around the U.S., you’re trying to manage the influx of more and more cars on campus by prohibiting first-year students from bringing them in the first place. In addition to facing first-year restrictions, there are other reasons why your students may end up not having a car on campus. There’s the issue of limited parking spaces for students and many schools issue parking decals on a first-come, first-serve basis, meaning not every upperclassman that registers their vehicle is guaranteed parking. Plus, there are fees to pay to have cars on campus.
As college administrators know way better than us, the college years, and in particular freshman year, is all about exploration. Whether your school is located in a small community or a diverse city, there are few students who are going to want to be confined to campus life for the entire 30 plus weeks they are residing there. If you don’t have another easily accessible form of transportation set up for these students to take them shopping, out to local restaurants, and even to the airport or train station, then this lack of freedom and flexibility could, best case scenario, cause some aggravation, and, worst case scenario, be a deal-breaker for choosing to go to your school. Many first-year students say that having the opportunity to get off campus and to get to know the area around their school makes an impact on their decision to stay all four years.
Kiessling Transit is an experienced transportation partner who can help colleges and universities, in Massachusetts and beyond, arrange campus transit that is convenient, safe, and economical. We excel in:
Above all else, safety of your students is our top priority. When you work with Kiessling, you can be confident that you’ve put your students in the hands of people that will take great care of them.
If you are interested in working with a trusted, knowledgeable college transportation services company to build out, or improve, your college shuttle services, please contact us for a consultation today.
Since 2014, Kiessling Transit and Dean College located in Franklin, Massachusetts, have partnered to provide transportation options to students during the school year. The Dean “Bulldogs” shuttle bus – named after the school’s mascot – takes kids off campus to satisfy their food cravings at local restaurants or supermarkets, their shopping bug at Target, Wrentham Outlets or Patriots Place, and their need for entertainment like movies and concerts. In collaboration with Dean College, our team actually created a special “shopping shuttle” that each week takes students to a different local retail and restaurant plaza.
Additional details that students and parents may want to know about the Dean Bulldog College Shuttle Service:
Kiessling also offers Dean students a shuttle to and from primary transportation centers located in the Boston and Providence area, including Logan Airport, TF Green Airport, and the Amtrak Station.
In addition, for students who prefer the convenience and flexibility of a ride-sharing experience, Kiessling offers our individual private car service, which is available throughout the entire school year.
To schedule transportation, please call Kiessling Transit Reservations at 855-432-3315, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the form below to ask a question, make a comment, or tell us about your ride needs.