University of Michigan to offer bus service connecting Ann Arbor and Detroit to general public

One of the many benefits contained in the regional transit millage that failed to pass in last November's election was a rail line connecting Ann Arbor to Detroit. There hasn't been a simple, reliable, and affordable means of public transit between the two cities for some time. 

Until now. 

The University of Michigan will be offering service to all riders on its Detroit Connector, a bus that was previously only available U-M faculty, staff, and students. Starting Monday, Oct. 30, the general public will be able to use the service seven days a week.

"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, in an article on the university's website. "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."

[Read about what's next for the regional transit millage in SE Michigan]

There will be three stops along the route—Central Campus Transit Center in Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Detroit Center, and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Buses will depart from the Ann Arbor and Detroit locations several times per day, and have expanded hours on Friday and Saturday. 

The buses are equipped with WiFi, in-seat AC electrical outlets, and bike storage. 

One-way tickets will cost $8 for U-M affiliated riders and $10 for the general public (discounts for commuters are also available). Reservations can be made online. 
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