Special Transit Services
The following transit services are designed to meet special needs and to fill in the gaps between regular service hours.
All active University of Michigan-Ann Arbor faculty, staff, temporaries, and students can ride any regularly scheduled AATA (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority) bus service at any time of day, any day of the week, without paying a fare by swiping a valid MCard ID (yellow) at the farebox.
AATA Park & Ride Program
The AATA Park & Ride program provides free parking and free rides from five parking locations to/from several U-M locations, on weekdays only. Just swipe your Mcard ID in the onsite reader when boarding.
Park & Ride Locations:
- Ann Arbor Pioneer High School (Stadium Blvd. at Main St.): AATA Routes 7, 14, 16
- Miller Road Lot (south side of Miller Rd. at M14): AATA Routes 18, 609, 12B
- Lot NC37 (Green Road, near Baxter Road): AATA Routes 2C & 22
- Lot SC34 (South State Street, across from car dealership): AATA Route 36
- Plymouth Road/US-23 (Plymouth Rd. at US-23, southeast corner of the intersection): AATA Route 2B
Shared-ride taxi service within Ann Arbor (when regularly scheduled AATA bus service is not available) seven days a week, Monday through Friday, 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Fee is $5 per person. Also available on all major holidays.
To request a ride, call SafeRide at (734) 647-8000 and select Option 3.
SafeRide is a free service that transports students, faculty, and staff to their residence or vehicle within a one-mile radius of campus. Riders may use this service once per evening and must present a valid U-M ID. To request a ride, call (734) 647-8000. For more information, visit studentsafety.umich.edu/saferide
Free shared-ride taxi service for students, faculty, and staff to their residence halls, parked vehicles in UM-operated lots or structures, or local residence (within a one-mile driving radius of Central and North campuses). This service is available after University transit buses and shuttles have concluded daily service: from 2:00 a.m. through 7:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. through 7:00 a.m. May through August), seven days a week. Please note you must show the driver your valid U-M ID. To request a ride, call SafeRide at (734) 647-8000 and select Option 2.
On Central Campus, rides are available from the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.
On North Campus, rides are available from the Duderstadt Center.
On Medical Campus, rides are available from 1:00 a.m. through 7:00 a.m. with pickup at the Maternal and Child Health Center.
S.A.F.E.WALK is a campus accompaniment service that functions as an alternative to walking alone on campus at night. Coordinated by staff at the U-M Police Department (UMPD), this service is free of charge and available to all members of the University community.
During the fall and winter semesters, the service is provided daily from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. To request a ride, call SafeRide at (734) 647-8000 and select Option 1. An employee from U-M Transportation Services will come to your campus location and drive you to your requested location (within a one-mile driving radius of Central and North campuses). During non-service hours, alternative service providers will be identified by UMPD.
Emergency Ride Home
Free taxi rides can be provided in emergency situations for faculty, staff and students to return to their vehicle parked in remote lots or to any location (home, school, daycare provider, etc.). Eligible types of emergencies covered by the program include: personal illness, family illness or injury, unscheduled overtime or other mandatory work-related holdover, stranded carpool or vanpool riders. The service cannot be used to get to work, for weather-related inconveniences, pre-planned appointments, personal errands or travel between University buildings (including residence halls).
The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use of the program is limited to six times per permit year.
To request a ride, call the Department of Public Safety at (734) 763-1131.
State Street Ride
Free after-hours taxi service from any U-M building to the South State Street Commuter (Park & Ride) lot after buses have concluded daily service. This service is available Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
To request a ride, call Blue Cab directly at (734) 547-2222.
Scheduled door-to-door service for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. See Services for People with Disabilities to learn more.
To register for the rides, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at (734) 763-3000.
Taxi Services To/From Satellite Offices
The Health System provides free taxi rides for staff needing to travel between the Medical Campus core and designated satellite offices and clinics not otherwise served by bus or shuttle routes. Service is limited to Faculty and Staff with a valid Mcard for trips either starting or ending at the Medical Campus core to and from authorized satellite offices or clinics only. Check with satellite facility managers or administrators for details.
Please see the Bus Charters page for more information.