by Geoff Larcom, Published August 22, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide) will launch a new West Campus Shuttle and a new bus pass program when classes resume at EMU on Wednesday, August 31.
The new free bus service -- the Route 34 West Campus Shuttle -- is designed to link the Rynearson Park & Ride Lot on Hewitt with central campus stops at Bowen Field House, Halle Library, and the Towers residence hall complex. Under new parking guidelines being implemented at Eastern this fall, students, faculty and staff can park for free at the Rynearson Park & Ride Lot. The free service between the Student Center and the College of Business will continue as the Route 33 College of Business Shuttle.
"We are pleased to partner with TheRide to offer these new benefits to our students, faculty and staff," said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. "Reducing traffic congestion and addressing parking challenges are key elements of our overall efforts to improve the campus experience and create a more sustainable environment."
Michael Ford, CEO of TheRide, said, "Eastern Michigan University has been a strong partner and supporter of public transit for students, faculty and staff. This partnership not only creates more access for everyone at EMU, but also reduces the demand for parking and relieves the traffic congestion on campus."
In addition to paying the fares on Routes 33 and 34 for all riders, EMU is introducing a new discounted bus pass for students, faculty and staff to ride other routes throughout TheRide's service area.
EMU will offer students and staff special discounted 30-day, unlimited-use passes for $40, a 30-percent discount off the standard cost of $58. The passes will be sold only at the EMU Cashiers Office at 201 Pierce Hall and at the Parking Department in the Department of Public Safety building.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide) was chartered in 1969 by the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a not-for-profit unit of government. AATA operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, enabling the area's residents to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. For more information, please visit www.TheRide.org.
TheRide's Board of Directors has endorsed a 30-year Transit Master Plan for Washtenaw County. Updates on the progress of the plan are available at www.MovingYouForward.org.
E-mail and text message updates on bus routes, schedules, detours and other news from TheRide are available by free subscription to MyRide at www.TheRide.org.