HCC provides free parking for students, employees, and visitors. Parking is free but not guaranteed. Especially during "prime time" (8 a.m.-2 p.m.), HCC cannot promise a parking space for every student, visitor, or employee. Students driving to campus should allow enough extra time to look for a parking space and to walk or take the shuttle bus from more distant parking lots.
Students and employees must register their vehicle with Campus Police and display a parking decal to park on campus. Parking for persons with disabilities is available in designated lots. Everyone must park in designated and/or assigned (for employees) parking lots and observe all parking and traffic rules and regulations. Violators are subject to fines and/or towing. Overnight parking is not permitted on campus.
Public transportation: all students pay a transportation fee that includes a fee for a PVTA bus pass
HCC students living in Holyoke, check out the free evening shuttle.
Students who carpool (two or more people) can park close to the center of campus in D Lot! Don't have a carpool partner? No problem! HCC's partnership with MassRIDES (888) 426-6688) gives you access to NuRide, where you can find HCC students or employees to travel with. Sign-up is FREE at www.commute.com/nuride. New travelers are added to the database monthly.
Got your riders? Enter through E Lot to access D Lot. The parking attendant will confirm that there is a student parking sticker on the car and two or more people in the car. Take your pick of 142 designated parking spaces, and enjoy the short stroll to class. You've reduced carbon emissions and cut your gas $ in half or more!
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) provides bus transportation to HCC from throughout the Pioneer Valley. All HCC students pay a $20 per semester transportation fee which provides a bus pass for unlimited PVTA bus service during the fall and spring semesters. The PVTA bus pass is valid for the entire semester on any bus route in the PVTA system. Pick up PVTA bus passes at the Student Account Services office in Frost 201. Passes must be used with an HCC student ID card. The replacement fee for a lost or stolen pass is $7.
Fall and Spring Semester Service
During the fall and spring semesters, direct service to HCC via three buses:
From Springfield take the Purple 11 bus
From Westfield take the Blue 23 bus
From Northampton and Easthampton take the Red 41 bus.
During the summer, only the Blue 23 provides direct service to HCC. To get to HCC:
From Northampton, take the Blue 48 from the Academy of Music to the Holyoke Transportation Center, then transfer to the Blue 23 to HCC.
From Springfield, take the Red 10 to Westfield, then transfer to the Blue 23, or take the Purple 20 or 21 to the Holyoke Transportation Center, then transfer to the Blue 23.
From Westfield take the Blue 23 bus for direct service to HCC.
PVTA bus schedules are available online at www.pvta.com or at the HCC switchboard in the lobby of the Frost Building.
The college operates La Guagua Pa'l College, a free evening shuttle bus service for students between city-center Holyoke and surrounding neighborhoods, and HCC. During fall and spring semesters, the bus runs Monday-Thursday on the half hour, starting at 5:00 p.m. when PVTA service ends, and ending at 10:00 p.m. For schedule and route information, click here or pick up a brochure in the Welcome Center.