Most Creighton students are aware that public transportation exists, since there’s a bus stop in the middle of campus. Recently, the Metropolitan Area Transportation system has been holding meetings on campus, looking into ways to better serve Creighton students. There is no subway or other system besides the buses—Omaha is too small to actually need anything like that. Among Creighton students, it seems like it may be too small for buses, as well—it’s tough to find anyone at Creighton who actually uses the bus system. While it seems relatively safe, the people found on buses are sometimes unusual, and the hassle of waiting bothers many students. There’s no train system, and with good reason—this isn’t that big of a city, and most people drive anyway. It’s not too hard to find a friend willing to help you run an errand.
Even among casual acquaintances, Creighton students are friendly and usually willing to give rides. But, the majority of students don’t need rides, at least after sophomore year, when most have brought their own cars. Omaha is a commuter city, and Creighton students quickly learn to follow suit. While you can get everything you really need within walking distance, good eating, shopping, attractions and jobs tend to be spread farther out, and a personal set of wheels is far preferable to waiting at a phone-booth-like bus stop for a questionable ride with strangers. Soaring gas costs could change the bus-less student mindset, but given their current habits, that seems far away.