Student Services

TheRide works closely with academic institutions in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area to create special offerings for students, faculty, and staff. 

University of Michigan

MRide Logo


Active students, faculty, and staff at U-M and Michigan Medicine have unlimited access to TheRide's fixed-route bus service with a valid yellow Mcard. To take advantage of your sponsored ride, swipe your Mcard when you board the bus. Your Mcard will serve as your bus pass. 

This sponsored fare is made possible through an agreement with U-M and TheRide in which U-M pays fares for U-M riders.

Additional transportation benefits include:

  • Discounted fares on ExpressRide
  • Free parking at any of TheRide's Park & Ride lots
  • An employee vanpool program
  • Connections between U-M Bus Routes and TheRide Bus Routes at certain campus locations

Eastern Michigan University

30-Day Discounted Pass 

EMU partners with TheRide to offer special discounts to EMU students, faculty and staff members.

Enjoy 30 days of unlimited rides on all fixed-routes in TheRide's bus service area for a discounted rate of $40.60/month. With this discount, you'll save $18 off our regular price at $58. Passes are only available for purchase at Service EMU in the Student Center. You must present your student or employee I.D. card when you purchase your pass and board the bus.

An EMU student holds up her bus pass.

College of Business Shuttle (Route 41)

Ride the College of Business Shuttle (Route 41) for free! Route 41 circulates between the College of Business and Main Campus. Pick up the shuttle in the circular drive at the Student Center and other locations on campus. You must present your EMU I.D. when you board.

EMU Guide to TheRide

Washtenaw Community College

Active WCC students, faculty, and staff members can ride outbound from WCC campus on Route 3 and Route 24 for free. This sponsored ride is made possible through an agreement with WCC and TheRide. 

To take advantage of your sponsored ride, swipe your valid WCC I.D. through the farebox when you board the bus. When boarding a bus that is traveling into campus, you will be required to pay a fare. Transfers are free. 

WCC Guide to TheRide

Youth (K-12)

A couple high school students get ready to ride the bus.

All Kindergarten through grade 12 students are eligible for half-fare bus rides, youth passes, and half-fare tokens with a valid student I.D. Students and parents can buy passes online, order by mail, or buy in-person at one of our outlets. Children 5 years of age and younger ride for free.

AAPS Exceptional Pass 

The Exceptional Pass is a program of the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS). Eligibility and distribution of this pass is the sole responsibility of Ann Arbor Public Schools. Please direct any questions about the Exceptional Pass to your school's contact, which can be found in the school guides below.

ACCE School/Ypsilanti Schools 

George School (ACCE) provides 30-day passes to eligible students attending the ACCE program for use on TheRide’s bus routes. Eligibility and distribution of this pass is the sole responsibility of the school. Students who are not eligible to receive a 30-day pass are able to ride for half fare with a student I.D.

  • There is more seating availability during off-peak travel hours (weekdays 9:00 am - 3:00 p.m. and after 6:00 p.m.).
  • Please let us know if you have a large group boarding prior to the day of your trip. This will help us ensure we can accommodate your preferred travel time.
  • If your plans change, please call us at least one day in advance.

Fares are paid on the day of the trip and at the time of boarding. We accept cash (exact change preferred), tokens, and regular passes. 

Learn more about Fares

Please contact TheRide at 734-996-0400 to alert our staff if you plan to use our buses for your next field trip or if your plans change. You may also contact us with questions or for more information.