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Posted on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 : 11:31 a.m.

WEMU sponsoring shuttle to Detroit International Jazz Festival

By Staff

WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station based at Eastern Michigan University, has a solution for anyone who doesn't want to deal with driving and parking at the Detroit International Jazz Festival on Labor Day weekend: a shuttle from Ypsilanti to the festival and back.

The shuttle will make two round trips daily on Sept. 4 and 5, and one round trip on Labor Day, Sept. 6. A round-trip fare is $5.

Advance registration is recommended at WEMU's website,

The full jazz festival lineup is here. During the event, watch for live dispatches from's (and WEMU's) Jessica Webster.

The full text of WEMU's announcement:

89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, and Golden Limousine in Ann Arbor have teamed up to run shuttle buses from EMU to the free Detroit Jazz Festival Labor Day Weekend, September 4, 5, and 6. Festival goers can park free in the North Lot, off Huron River Drive, on the EMU campus and ride round trip to the Jazz Festival for just $5.

Buses leave EMU at noon and 5:30 on Saturday and Sunday, leaving Detroit at 4:30 and 11:00,and leave EMU at 1:30 on Monday, leaving Detroit at 8:00 p.m. Riders who take the noon bus can stay all day or come back at 4:30 on the return trip. Drop offs and pickups are at Woodward and Jefferson, in the heart of the festival.

“Golden Limousine runs shuttles to events in Detroit all the time,” said WEMU’s General Manager, Molly Motherwell. “It just occurred to me one day, why not do this for the Jazz Festival? It’s convenient, environmentally responsible, and might make the difference for someone who has wanted to attend the festival but isn’t familiar with driving in Detroit or the parking situation once they get there. So, we put our heads together and came up with this plan.”

Advance registration is recommended to ensure there is enough room for everyone. Details and registration can be found at

WEMU is a listener-supported, NPR affiliate with a format of jazz, local news, and blues in addition to NPR news, information, and cultural programming. The station broadcasts to an eight county area that includes all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH), webcasts live 24 hours a day, and operates WEMU2, an unhosted mix of roots, Americana, and blues on its second HD channel.