Transportation to Port Columbus Airport and downtown Columbus just got easier. GoBus, a bus service designed to connect rural parts of Ohio with the state’s metropolitan areas, now includes Gambier on one of its routes.
The flexibility the service provides is the key benefit for Kenyon students, said Tacci Smith, associate dean of students. “It runs every day. It’s inexpensive. Now students don’t have to find a friend who has a car to get a ride,” she said.
GoBus leaves for the airport from McBride Residence Hall, at 6:45 a.m. and 9:20 p.m., as part of its round-trip route from Wooster to Columbus (rides to Gambier leave the airport at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.). The ride takes about two hours and costs $13.20 each way if the ticket is purchased online in advance, $15 if purchased by cash on the bus. A trip to the Greyhound bus station in downtown Columbus takes slightly longer, but costs the same amount.
GoBus, run by the Ohio Department of Transportation, contracts with Lakefront Lines to operate its charter-style buses that include air conditioning, a restroom and free Wi-Fi.
While it’s a clear boon for Kenyon students, Smith also points out that GoBus can also be a good option for Gambier village residents who need a ride to the airport or Columbus. “It’s going to be a great service.”