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Transportation Benefits for U-M Students, Faculty and Staff

    • Unlimited use of all of TheRide's fixed-route buses with a valid Mcard. Simply swipe your Mcard when you board the bus!
    • Discounted fares on ExpressRide bus service from Canton and Chelsea. Click here for details.
    • Free parking at any of TheRide's Park & Ride lots.

    U-M Partnership

    U-M and the TheRide have a long history of cooperation and partnering in delivering high quality bus service to the Ann Arbor community. Over the years, the following partnerships have been formed:

    • Central Campus Transit Center (CC Little)
    • Service to and from Wolverine Tower (Route 62)
    • ExpressRide (commuter express bus service from Chelsea to Ann Arbor/U-M & Canton to Ann Arbor/U-M)
    • Park & Ride lots with free bus service for U-M faculty, staff and students

    For more information about parking and transportation services at U-M, visit

    MRide Frequently Asked Questions

    What exactly is the unlimited access agreement?
    The University has contracted with the TheRide to permit all active U-M faculty, staff and students to ride on all of TheRide's regular fixed route buses without paying a fare.

    Will all Mcard IDs be valid for this service?
    No. Mcards are sometimes issued to vendors, contractors and certain visitors. Only active U-M faculty, staff and students can participate – those with a valid yellow card. In addition, when students or employees leave the University, their Mcard ID is no longer considered valid.

    What about retirees and emeritus professors?
    Emeritus professors and retirees who have a continuing relationship with the University are issued Mcard IDs that will be valid for unlimited access privileges.

    Are part-time students and temporary employees included?

    Can I only ride the bus to and from work or school?
    You can ride any day of the week, any time of day that the TheRide's fixed-route service operates.

    It’s only good on fixed-route service. What services are excluded?
    Special services such as NightRide, A-Ride, AirRide, Senior Taxi Service, FootballRide, ArtFairRide and all other non-fixed-route services are excluded from this agreement.

    What do I have to do to ride for free? Do I need a bus pass?
    No, you don’t need a bus pass. Just swipe your valid yellow Mcard when you board the bus.

    How do I find out if TheRide's bus routes will work for me?
    In addition to an assortment of online planning and real-time tracking tools, TheRide publishes hardcopy Ride Guides. These can  be found at over 250 community locations, including 44 campus sites, at TheRide's main office, and at the Blake and Ypsilanti Transit Centers. Customers can also call TheRide's customer information line at (734) 996-0400.