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Transportation

Getting to and from Grinnell

Grinnell College provides shuttle service for students from the Des Moines International Airport at the beginning and end of each academic year and school breaks. The registration links below for each shuttle include dates, times, and pricing information. Shuttle service is coordinated by our Facilities Management Office. Contact that office with questions at 641-269-3300.

August 2018 Return-to-Campus Shuttles

2018-19 Academic Year Student Shuttles

Grinnell College provides shuttle service from Chicago (Union Station) and Lisle, IL at the beginning and end of each academic year and school breaks. The registration links below for each shuttle include dates, times, and pricing information. Shuttle service is coordinated by our Facilities Management Office. Contact that office with questions, 641-269-3300.

August 2018 Return-to-Campus Shuttles

2018-19 Academic Year Student Shuttles

 

Bus Service

Not able to get a shuttle to the airport when you want to go? If so, you may want to use a cab service, below, or rent a car from Enterprise Car Rental.

  • Go West Airport Service 641-260-0939

Taxi Service

There are taxicab companies that will come to pick you up from or take you to the Des Moines Airport for approximately $125.

  • Capitol Cab Company 515-282-8111
  • Yellow Cab Company 515-243-1111
  • Alpha Taxi 515-280-1813
  • Airport Limo 877-APTLIMO or 877-278-5466
  • Gene's Transportation & Deliver 515-249-1127
  • Grinnell Errand Service 641-325-1478

To and From Eastern Iowa Airport (Cedar Rapids)

Airport Shuttle Service

  • Located across from Baggage Claim One at the airport
  • Approximately $100 (second person rides for a reduced fee)
  • 1-800-725-8460
  • www.crshuttle.com
  • Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance

To rent a car from Enterprise, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older,
  • Have a valid driver's license, and
  • Have a major credit card.

For your convenience, an Enterprise office is located in both the Des Moines International Airport and Eastern Iowa Airport. Once you arrive in Grinnell, a simple phone call will notify Enterprise that the car is ready to be picked up at a location in Grinnell.

This also works for a trip to the airport; Enterprise will deliver a car to Grinnell, and it can be returned to the airport car rental area. You can call 641-752-1000 or 800-257-1136 to have a car delivered to Grinnell for your trip to the airport.

Faculty and staff wishing to rent a vehicle for College purposes should refer to the Grinnell College Policy For Enterprise Rent-A-Car Transportation.

Burlington Trailways

Burlington Trailways Bus Service provides regular route service between Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. This route has a pick-up and drop-off location at Grinnell College in front of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center. To search schedules and purchase a ticket, please visit the Trailways website or call 1-800-992-4618 option 2.

In and Around Grinnell

The People Rides Bus Service will continue this year. They will pick up in front of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center every week Monday through Friday. The cost is $3 for a round-trip ticket. The bus will also stop in downtown Grinnell.

Tickets to ride the bus can be purchased at the Spencer Grill and Campus Safety.

People Rides Bus Service schedule is:

Tuesday and Thursday
Grinnell College only noon pickup at Rosenfield Center, return from Walmart 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Grinnell College pickup at 11 a.m. at Rosenfield Center, return 12:15 p.m.

Student Car Pool Use

Student use of car pool transportation is permitted for:

  1. Students who need transportation for college-related reasons during the semester may reserve a car and driver to Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, or Iowa City.
    Mileage and driver costs are billed at the regular college rates to the department sponsoring the event, SGA, or the student requesting the service, depending on the circumstances at the discretion of the department.

    Allowed reasons include:

    • College related appointments
    • Internships 
    • Community service sponsored by CRSSJ
    • GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc. 
    • Job interviews/graduate school interviews
    • Medical appointments out of town arranged by Student Health and Wellness
    • Student organizations traveling to a College sponsored activity (i.e. conference, meets, tournaments, etc. Not for personal use).
  2. Students who need transportation due to a family emergency, job interview, etc. may reserve a car and driver to the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airports.
    The student's account is billed $0.40 per mile plus driver and other miscellaneous expenses.
  3. International students may reserve a car and driver to pick up parents and siblings from the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airports.
    The student's account is billed $0.40 per mile plus driver and other miscellaneous expenses.
  4. If a college car is already traveling to the airport, a student and/or guest may ride along on a "space available" basis.
    The student's account is billed a minimum of $30 each way per person.

Prohibited Use

Student use of car pool transportation is not permitted for:

  • Transportation of friends or family from the Des Moines or Cedar Rapids airport/train stations.
  • Non-College related events.
  • Personal use/enjoyment.
  • Transportation to/from airports other than Des Moines or Cedar Rapids (see #2 & 3 above).
  • Transportation to/from the Des Moines Airport when Des Moines bus shuttles are available.

To Request a Vehicle

You can request a carpool vehicle for an airport trip or a carpool vehicle for a non-airport trip.

Faculty and Staff Car Pool Use

To arrange for the use of a College vehicle for the purpose of conducting College business, please request a carpool for an airport trip or a carpool for a non-airport trip.

The normal pick up and delivery of the vehicle is at the Office of Safety and Security at the corner of Tenth Avenue and East Street. A driver's license must be presented to the Office of Safety and Security at the time of pick up. The authorized driver is responsible for picking up the car and verifying he/she is signing out the correct vehicle.

All vehicles are covered with collision and liability insurance. A fleet insurance card is located in the glove compartment of each car pool vehicle. The card should be presented as evidence of insurance when necessary. Do not remove the card from the vehicle.

Faculty and staff drivers of the College must:

  • Strictly follow all college rules and state laws relating to driving any vehicle on public roads;
  • Agree that driving a Grinnell College vehicle is a privilege that can be revoked at any time;
  • Enforce the rule that seat belts will be worn by the driver and all passengers at all times;
  • Abstain from intake of any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs while driving and at least 8 hours prior to driving a College vehicle;
  • Enforce the rule that no alcoholic beverage will be consumed in Grinnell College vehicles by any passenger;
  • Pick up the vehicle no more than 15 minutes before the scheduled beginning of the trip;
  • Return the vehicle to the Security parking lot immediately following the trip and by the scheduled return time (safety permitting). Notify Facilities Management if you will be late;
  • Return the vehicle cleaned of all trash (trash receptacle located in Security parking lot);
  • Return the vehicle with a full tank of gas. There is a BP and Kum & Go credit card in the key wallet;
  • Return credit cards and vehicle keys to Security office and record beginning and ending mileage;
  • Be responsible for, and pay immediately, all parking tickets, traffic violations and fines;
  • Report immediately any accident to Facilities Management; and
  • Carry your driver's license whenever operating a College vehicle.

As of January 21, 2009, the College owns an accessible van to provide transportation to members of the College community and invited guests with limited mobility in order to be equitable and consistent in the kind of transportation that would be provided to any member of the College community. The accessible van is a 2008 Conversion Grand Caravan from AMS Vans, Norcross, Georgia. During the academic year, the accessible van is housed at and used daily by the Health Center staff to transport students to medical appointments in the city of Grinnell.

The van is also used to transport a student with limited mobility:

1) For any official College purpose such as a class or activity and

2) In instances where transportation is being offered to any student or where transportation is necessary for the mobility-impaired student in order to have full access to the class or activity. 

Acceptable Uses of the Accessible Van

  • Academic year
    • Transport students to medical appointments, Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM.
    • Transportation of students with limited mobility to College-sponsored off-campus events, activities and academic programs, in instances where transportation is being provided to all students in the group or is necessary in order for the student to attend the event or program.
    • Transport Trustees and invited guests of the College with limited mobility to and from the campus and about campus as needed.
  • Reunion
    • Transport alumni with limited mobility to/from and about campus during Reunion.
  • Summer
    • Transport Trustees and invited guests of the College with limited mobility to/from and about campus.
    • Transport students with limited mobility to College-sponsored off-campus events, activities and academic programs, in instances where transportation is being provided to all students in the group or is necessary in order for the student to attend the event or program.

Priority for Use of the Accessible Van

  1. Transportation of students for medical reasons within the city of Grinnell.
  2. Transport Trustees and invited guests of the College with limited mobility to and from College-sponsored events.
  3. Transportation of students with limited mobility to College-sponsored off-campus events, activities, and academic programs, in instances where transportation is being provided to all students in the group or is necessary in order for the student to attend the event or program.
  4. Transport Trustees and invited guests of the College with limited mobility to and from College-sponsored events.

Procedure for Use of the Accessible Van

  1. Academic Year: the accessible van is under the supervision of the Health Center. It is used Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to transport students for medical reasons throughout the City of Grinnell.

    When the van is needed to transport a person with limited mobility for one of the priority use activities above, the following applies:

    1. The professor of the class, leader of the group, or hosting department or program must request use of the van by notifying the Health Center Director a minimum of one week in advance of the date needed and provide an account number. This advance notice is needed so that the Director of the Health Center can determine whether (a) the Health Center staff can transport the person with limited mobility or (b) whether the sponsoring department must arrange for a substitute vehicle from Facilities Management.

    2. If "b", then Facilities Management will deliver a substitute vehicle to the Health Center and pick it up. The Health Center Director will make note of the out and in mileage and forward the net mileage and the account number to Facilities Management. If a replacement vehicle for the Health Center is rented, the requesting party will pay the higher cost-mileage for the accessible van or rental cost of a replacement vehicle. The requesting party will need to make arrangements with the Director of the Health Center to pick up and return of the accessible van, key, and handicap hang tag to the Health Center.

  2. Reunion: During reunion the van is supervised and operated by the Reunion staff and not available to other constituencies of the campus. The use of the accessible van is limited transportation of invited guests with limited mobility to/from campus and on campus.

  3. Summer Recess: The van is housed and supervised by Mike Burt, Facilities Management. The use of the van is limited to

    1. Transport Trustees and invited guests of the College with limited mobility to and from College-sponsored events.

    2. Transportation of students with limited mobility to College-sponsored off-campus events, activities and academic programs, in instances where transportation is being provided to all students in the group or is necessary in order for the student to attend the event or program.

Requirements for Drivers of the Accessible Van

Persons who are permitted to drive the accessible van must:

  • be a "college carpool driver," an approved student driver, or a faculty or staff member and,
  • have completed accessible van training through the Health Center, Security, or Facilities Management.

Use of the State-Issued Handicap Hang Tag

The Iowa Department of Transportation issued Grinnell College a green handicap hang tag for use in the College accessible van when transporting a person(s) with a disability. The handicap hang tag is stored in the glove box of the accessible van and is not to be removed from the vehicle. The hang card is to be displayed when the vehicle is parked in an accessible parking place during the transport of an eligible person (person with disability).

Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) offers free transportation to your local medical/mental health appointments and to local pharmacies. You may call or stop in to schedule a ride. When your appointment is done, you may call SHAW to be picked up and returned to campus.

An accessible van is available if your mobility is limited. You will need to call and pre-schedule your transportation 24 hours in advance of your in-town appointment.

Free transportation is not provided to appointments outside Grinnell. However, you may schedule a ride through Facilities Management. The cost is roughly $150 to Des Moines or Iowa City.

People Rides is another option for transportation that requires a small fee. Please see the People Rides section above or visit their Region 6 Planning Commission website.

Prescription Pick-Up

There are three pharmacies in Grinnell: Hy-Vee, Medicap, and Walmart.

Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) can give you a ride to and from your pharmacy.

Medicap and Hy-Vee will deliver your prescriptions to SHAW upon request. The first time you pick up a prescription, you will need to visit the pharmacy to put a form of payment on file. Please note that Walmart does not deliver. It is important that you call for your refill a few days before your current prescription runs out.

  • Hy-Vee pharmacy: 641-236-4287
  • Medicap pharmacy: 641-236-3663
  • Walmart pharmacy: 641-236-6333

After Hours

If it is after hours and you need a ride to or from a medical appointment or pharmacy in town, you may call Campus Safety at 641-269-4600.

The Grinnell College Escort Service (Safe Rides) will escort you anywhere within the Campus Safety patrol area or to authorized locations within the city of Grinnell. Staff members with the Department of Campus Safety will walk or drive you to and from your destination. The escorts carry two-way radios providing direct communication with the Communication Center.

Call the Grinnell College Department of Campus Safety at extension 4600 (on-campus) or at (641) 269-4600 (off-campus) to request a safety escort. 

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