Free shuttle service to launch next week as classes resume at Eastern Michigan University
A new shuttle service and bus pass program will launch next week as classes resume on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
AATA CEO Michael Ford said the new partnership not only creates more access for everyone at EMU, but also reduces demand for parking and relieves traffic congestion on campus.
Under new parking guidelines being implemented at EMU this fall, students, faculty and staff can park for free at the Rynearson park-and-ride lot. The free service between the Student Center and the College of Business will continue as the Route 33 College of Business Shuttle.
In addition to paying fares on Routes 33 and 34 for all riders, EMU is introducing a discounted bus pass for students, faculty and staff on other routes throughout AATA's service area.
EMU will offer discounted 30-day, unlimited-use passes for $40, a 30-percent discount off the standard cost of $58. The passes will be sold at the EMU Cashiers Office at 201 Pierce Hall and at the Parking Department in the Department of Public Safety building.
“We are pleased to partner with TheRide to offer these new benefits to our students, faculty and staff,” EMU President Susan Martin said in a statement. “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.”
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