Students without vehicles on campus aren't limited to walking from place to place – Ball State offers different transportation options to get around campus and the Muncie community.
The university campus shuttle buses, Charlie’s Charter and the Muncie Indiana Transit System (MITS) are all available free of charge for students during the school year, and some year-round.
The university shuttle buses are split between three different loops: the Green Loop, Red Loop and the Blue Loop.
The green and red loops can take students through the entire campus. Both loops have similar stops, but only the green loop stops at Scheumann Stadium – where most freshmen on-campus students with vehicles are required to park.
The campus shuttle buses are available during the fall and spring semesters, Sunday evening through Friday evening, and are always free for students, employees and visitors.
- Monday through Thursday buses run from 7:15 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. with an expected wait of five to 10 minutes.
- Friday the buses run from 7:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an expected wait of five to 10 minutes.
- Sunday the buses run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with an expected wait of 10 to 15 minutes.
The blue loop is only available during the winter and goes through the central part of campus and into the Muncie community east of campus.
Charlie’s Charter is another form of transportation for students. On a first come, first serve basis, the charter will pick up students from any location on campus and take them where ever they want to go.
- Sunday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.
- In the summer it runs from Sunday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.
To get a ride on Charlie’s Charter students can call 765-285-5005.
The MITS bus is important for students who want to get off of campus to shop, eat or simply explore Muncie. It’s free for any student with a Ball State ID and stops at every bus stop on campus.
On the bus there are yellow strips that riders can touch to notify the driver to stop at the next bus stop.
Quincy Hunter, a sophomore anthropology major, said he used public transportation almost every day last semester.
His advice for incoming students is to download the MITS bus app which can track buses and show the bus stops throughout Muncie. The app can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices at MITSbus.org.
The MITS bus schedule is:
- Monday to Friday the buses run from 6:16 a.m. to 9:31 p.m.
- Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 6:27 p.m.