March 29 2013

Go Blue on a Bus: Subsidizing Public Transit at the University Level

Ann Arbor Transit Authority

Even on a university campus neatly integrated into downtown, University of Michigan students still find themselves sprawled out across the city. The University’s three Ann Arbor campuses stretch across the city: South Campus houses athletic buildings, Central Campus is home to most of the University’s academic colleges, and North Campus is a retreat for art, architecture, and engineering students. And despite Ann Arbor, Michigan’s bike-friendly city status, some of us less daring city dwellers need a way to traverse our beloved campus.

That is where the University steps in. The top-ranked University of Michigan obviously affords its graduates opportunities around the world, in all fields, after graduation, but they take pretty good care of us while we toil away in Ann Arbor. For those student engineers looking to join friends on Central Campus or the occasional liberal arts student taking an art class on North Campus, the University provides Blue Bus service, along many routes, most days of the year. Blue Bus service is available to all UM students and staff, making the disjointed campuses more easily traveled.

University of Michigan Blue Bus

In keeping with the University’s strive for increased campus sustainability, the Blue Bus initiative has welcomed many hybrid vehicles into its fleet. And while the Blue Buses can get you where you need to be on campus, the University also has a contract with the Ann Arbor Transit Authority that allows active students and staff to ride Ann Arbor buses free of charge with their University IDs. This easy access to necessities on campus and across town teaches students the importance of mass transit in a city environment.

 

What steps have you seen local universities take in reducing their carbon footprints and providing students access to the community?

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Meg Mulhall

Meg Mulhall is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. She calls Kalamazoo, Michigan her hometown but is currently exploring community organizing and urban planning efforts in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. Planning to pursue a degree in either public policy or political science, Meg is interested in the relationship between government and non-governmental organizations and how those relationships can help remedy the lack of responsible and smart planning-related policies.

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