About Parking & Transportation Services
What we do
We manage the U-M employee permit parking system, four Health System patient/visitor parking facilities, as well as providing cashier-attended and central pay station parking areas for visitors to our campuses. We also provide parking services for special events that take place in campus venues.
We operate and maintain more than 27,000 parking spaces in 15 parking structures and over 200 surface lots. Planning new parking facilities to meet university growth, while maintaining existing facilities for long-term use, are two vital responsibilities carried out by PTS.
Basic Transportation Services
We manage the university vehicle fleet and provide campus bus service for employees, students, visitors and departments who need charter bus services.
We operate campus bus service 360 days a year, with roughly 60 buses on routes that connect the four main Ann Arbor campuses, as well as the East Ann Arbor Health Center. Our buses provide more than 120,000 annual service hours and carry over 7.2 million passengers on an annual basis. Charter bus service is also offered to departments who require bus transportation for large groups.
All U-M vehicles are purchased through PTS. We operate and maintain a fleet of about 1,000 vehicles, including sedans, minivans, light-duty trucks, service trucks and vans, buses and heavy-duty vehicles. Our full-service garage maintains and repairs these vehicles.
Vehicles can be leased on a short-term basis from our motor pool, or they can be leased on an annual or monthly basis, depending on the needs of the user department.
Alternative Transportation Services
PTS manages the MRide contract with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA). This program provides fare-free rides on all AAATA fixed bus routes for U-M faculty, staff and students.
Subsidized vanpools are available for employees through the PTS Department and we can also assist with people interested in forming carpools.
We administer a variety of taxi cab programs that supplement transit services, including Ride Home. In addition, we offer programs for emergency needs, as well as providing business trips between Health System work locations.
A number of bicycle amenities are available on campus, including bike lockers, bike rentals, and bike sharing. PTS also works closely with the University Planner's Office to help plan for improvements to bicycle parking and traffic safety.
ZipCars are available at several locations, providing cars that can be rented by the hour or by the day.