Parents and Families

University of Michigan bus at night

It gets dark early in Ann Arbor this time of year, and U-M offers several night-time transportation options which are useful to students, especially during the winter months. 

SafeRide provides free rides for students to their residence (or parked car) within a one mile radius of Central or North Campus.Students may use the service once per evening and must show their valid Mcard. This year, as a pilot, SafeRide operates 8 PM - 2 AM during Fall and Winter semester.

Additionally, SafeRide offers a new mobile app which tracks the locations of the three SafeRide vans, enables ride requests, provides estimated wait times, and provides information about nearby U-M bus stops and route information in case using a regular bus route would be more efficient. To get the app, students can visit the TapRide mobile app and select “University of Michigan” or visit TapRide.

In addition to SafeRide, several other nighttime options are available to students, depending on their location and the time of night:

  • Ride Home is a free shared-ride taxi service that picks up at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library on Central Campus, the Duderstadt Center on North Campus, and at the University Hospital South Entrance on the Medical Campus. From these central pick-up points, the taxi will take students to their residence (within a one-mile radius of Central or North Campus). Ride Home operates 2 AM – 7 AM during the Fall and Winter terms for the Shapiro and Duderstadt locations. Students can request a ride by calling 734-647-8000 (option #2).
  • Night Ride Home is a low-cost ($5) service that operates after city buses, called “The Ride,” stop running each night. Students can request a ride by calling 734-647-8000 (option #3).
  • State Street Ride is a free service that takes students from any campus building to the State Street Commuter lot. Students can request a ride by calling Blue Cab at 734-547-2222.
  • Emergency Ride Home is a free service, available 24/7, that delivers students to their residence or parked care in a qualifying emergency. It is limited to six uses per year. Students can request a ride by calling Department of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) at 734-763-1131.

For a helpful graphic presentation of these options, see After-Hours Transit Services.


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February 2017 Newsletter

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