U. of Mich. shuttle expands to daily service

Posted on October 23, 2017

Rendering of the newly redesigned Detroit Connector bus. Credit: University of Michigan
Rendering of the newly redesigned Detroit Connector bus. Credit: University of Michigan

The Detroit Connector, a University of Michigan bus service connecting the Ann Arbor campus to the city of Detroit, will begin providing service seven days a week, starting Monday, October 30, to U-M faculty, staff, students, and for the first time, the general public.

Bus stops will include the Central Campus Transit Center in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Detroit Center, and for the first time, University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Detroit Connector will also include expanded service hours, including Fridays and Saturdays beginning as early as 7 a.m. and concluding at 1 a.m.

“The University of Michigan is deeply committed to creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus environment,” says Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. “The Detroit Connector helps us break down existing barriers and better connect the Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Detroit communities. By expanding service and opening it to the public, the Detroit Connector can improve access to the region’s numerous research, academic and cultural opportunities.”

In support of the expanded service (previously offered four days a week), riders will now be able to make reservations online, with one-way trips ranging between $6-$10. Pell Grant students from U-M will be able to ride the Connector for free, with reduced fares available to students and faculty who engage in community service or class activities in Detroit.

Indian Trails, the Detroit Connector’s bus provider since 2014, will shift daily operations to its Michigan Flyer division, which currently supports a similar service, called AirRide, between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“Our experience in developing the Michigan Flyer airport shuttle service should prove valuable for the Detroit Connector,” says Chad Cushman, president of Indian Trails. “One key to building ridership is frequency of service. Though not otherwise publicly funded, Michigan Flyer used a one-year, one-time federal grant to help increase its roundtrips between East Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit Metro Airport from eight to 12 daily. As a result, passenger volume grew to more than 200,000 per year, ensuring the service was self-supporting.”

Detroit Connector buses are wheelchair accessible and include amenities such as WiFi, coach seating, individual climate controls, in-seat AC electrical outlets, onboard restrooms, and bike storage.

Founded in 2013, the Detroit Connector has operated over the past four years through grants, donations, and funding by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Detroit Center.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

U. of Kentucky shuttle service offers commute-planning assistance

Students and employees will be able to indicate which alternative transportation modes they would like to try, as well as their desired starting and ending points.

Study links rising SoCal car ownership with decline in transit ridership

The six-county region added 2.1 million household vehicles between the years 2000 and 2015, a car increase that nearly quadruples the rate of the preceding decade.

U. of Minn. extends contract with First Transit for shuttle ops

Will provide maintenance, operations, and staffing for 27 buses, carrying more than four million passengers annually for both campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

ParkHub, T2 Systems partnership lands 3 university parking management contracts

Hardware and software tools, Prime and Portal, will be used by the Parking and Transportation Departments at the University of Colorado, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Southern California.

UCLA uses AI to improve curb safety

UCLA partnered with VIMOC Technologies to optimize curb space for efficiency and safety in the university's Gateway Plaza loop.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close