University of Michigan

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University of Michigan
Gillig Low Floor Hybrid
U of M Gillig - Low Floor #3046

Although the University of Michigan has three entities across Michigan, only the main campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has its own transit system. Independent of Ann Arbor's own AAATA, the university has used full-size transit buses to shuttle students between its three Ann Arbor campuses since 1946, but has only recently added shuttle service for those working in or visiting its medical facilities.

General Operations

Transit operations at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) are operated by the Univeristiy's Parking and Transportation Department. Routes are split into two operations, campus routes and medical center routes. Year Round Services serve the general public and Michigan Staff and students. Fall/Winter routes serve primarly university students and medical routes serve medical staff, students and medical employees.

Current Routes

Year-Round

  • Commuter [1],[2]: Runs every 10-15 minutes between 6:40 a.m. and 1:00 a.m., Mon-Fri. Route winds through South, Central, and North Campuses, terminating at either Crisler Arena or the Glazier Commuter Lot.
  • Northwood [3]: Primarily serves as a run between the Northeastern corner of Central Campus and the Northwood student housing on North Campus. Route runs every 10-20 minutes between 6:55 a.m. and 11:55 p.m. Mon-Fri during Fall/Winter semesters. Runs after 11:55 p.m. are consolidated into the North Campus route.

Fall/Winter Only

  • Bursley-Baits [4]: Originating on Central Campus, this line primarily services Bursley Hall and Vera Baits Houses on North Campus. Service occurs every 5-15 minutes M-F between 7:15 a.m. and 12:20 a.m.
  • Northwood Express [5]: Similar to the Northwood runs, except with only five stops. Northbound service runs every 10 minutes between 8:55 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. (except on 15- and 45-past the hour). Southbound service runs every 10 minutes between 8:40 a.m. and 4:05 p.m (except half-past and on the hour). Service is Mon-Fri. only.
  • Diag to Diag Shuttle [6], : A comprehensive connection between Central Campus Transit Center and Pierpont Commons, but only comes into play during the afternoon (12:20 - 6:40 p.m.) Buses generally run every 20 minutes.
  • Oxford Shuttle [7]: Services the Oxford Housing developments southeast of Central Campus. Daytime service is provided by Northwood express and Diag to Diag Shuttle; night-time riding between 7:40 p.m. and 12 a.m.) is served by Oxford Shuttle. Service is Mon-Sat.

Medical Shuttles (Year-Round)

  • Wall St Express [8] Same as Wall St-NIB except it doesn't serve North Ingalls.
  • Wall St-NIB [9]: Runs from the Wall St Parking Structure to the North Ingalls Building, making stops along the way that include the Cancer Center, Main Hospital, Mott Hospital and the cardiovascular center. Service runs between 5:20 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, Mon-Fri. Service after 7:00 p.m. becomes Wall St Express.
  • Med Express[10] Trips are like the commuter south except trips bypass north campus, and serve Mitchell Field, and the medical center. Trips end at the Cell and Biology Building at Zina Pitcher Pl. There are no returning trips to Glacier and Huron Parkway. Buses run every 10 minutes during peak hours and 30 minutes during the midday.
  • North East Shuttle [11]: Loops around the main medical campus, heads east on Fuller Rd, travels through North Campus to serve NCRC complexes, Green Rd P&R, Plymouth Rd P&R, then travels past US-23, ultimately reaching medical centers near the Domino Farms complex. Buses run every 20 minutes between 6:00 a.m. and 7:20 p.m, Mon-Fri.

AATA The Link (discontinued)

Although operated by AATA and not U of M, the 'The Link' services were deliberately targeted at collegiate students looking to get over to the north or north-east sides of downtown Ann Arbor, including the Kerrytown district.

The route looped through neighborhoods just south of the university before running through Main Campus, back through downtown to Main Street, and over into Kerrytown. There, buses looped again, and repeated the route - albeit in reverse.

The Link buses were 30' Optima Opus low-floor buses wrapped in a distinctive purple hue. Service was free of charge, however it ran only between August and April; Essentially, during fall and winter semesters.

'The Link' was discontinued in 2009. Since then, there have been several proposals to restore service.

Current Roster - Transit Operations

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
3010-3012, 3014 2018 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9
3015-3018 2019 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9
3019-3021 2020 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins L9
3021-3028 University of Michigan 3021-a.jpg 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E
  • First batch in the fleet to sport wide plug type doors.
  • Currently being retired.
    • 3023 & 3025 are the only active units.
3029-3034 University of Michigan 3029-a.jpg 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.3E In the process of retirement
3035-3040 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5
3041-3043 University of Michigan 3041-a.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Voith D864.5 Purchased as an option to the original order contract of 3035-3040.
3044-3047 University of Michigan 3046-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
3048-3050 2012 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
3051-3053 2013 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
3054-3056 2014 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP Sport wide glide type rear doors
3057-3059 University of Michigan 3057-a.jpg 2015 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP
3060-3062 2016 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP 2015 models
3063-3065 2017 Gillig Low Floor HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP

Current Roster - Hospital Operations

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
3002 (2nd) 2016 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP Purchased to phase-out CSFEs.
3003, 3005, 3007 (2nd) 2014 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP Purchased to phase-out CSFEs.
3004, 3006 (2nd) 2015 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP Purchased to phase-out CSFEs.
3008 (2nd) 2017 Gillig Low Floor HEV 29'
(G30E102N2)
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP

Buses On Order

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
TBD TBD NFI See notes Contract initially for three XE40's and one XE60, with options to purchase up to 50 more buses in 35-, 40- and 60-foot lengths, with both diesel and electric propulsion.[1]

Retired Roster

Fleet
Number(s)
Thumbnail Build
Date
Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
365-409 1967 Flxible F2D6V401-1
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
710-711 1993 Flxible "Metro C"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
722-727 1988 Flxible "Metro B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
730-735 1989 Flxible "Metro B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
740-745 1990 Flxible "Metro B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
750-759 University of Michigan 757-a.jpg 1991 Flxible "Metro B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
760-765 1973 Flxible 53102-6
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison First examples of the 53102-6 model built.
770-772 1969 Flxible 111CC-D5
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
773-774 1969 GMC T6H-5305
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
775-787 1968 Flxible 111CC-D4
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Spicer
780-781 1991 Flxible "Metro B"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
790-795 1992 Flxible "Metro C"
(40102-6C)
Cummins L10
795-799 1964 Flxible F2D6V401-1
"New Look"
Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
3000-3001 University of Michigan 3001-a.jpg ? Ford E350 High-roof vans used for paratransit runs.
3002-3007 University of Michigan 3002-a.jpg 2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3
  • First batch of Gilligs for U of M.
  • Originally delivered with rollsigns, which are unusual for Gillig Low Floors.
  • Sport narrow slide-glide exit doors.
  • Some vehicles sold to Walmart to serve as shuttles to southeastern Michigan-area Walmart stores.
3008-3012, 3014 University of Michigan 3009-a.jpg 2002 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
3015-3020 2003 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Voith D864.3E
3109-3111 University of Michigan 3111-a.jpg 2000 Blue Bird CSFE
  • The only Blue Bird 30-footers not 'owned' by the hospital.
  • These buses were painted in the same maize-and-blue scheme as the Gillig Low Floors.
3112, 3114-3117 2003 Blue Bird CSFE
  • Retired in 2015.
  • Were used for medical center routes.
3118-3124 University of Michigan 3118.jpg 2004 Blue Bird Ultra LMB 3121-3123 retired early due to a number of service issues (i.e. parts availability, crash damage, etc.)
3125-3129 1/1997
5/1997
Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6CT)
Cummins C8.3 Allison B400R
  • 1996 & 1997 models.
  • Ex-Avis Rent-A-Car (Unknown California airport & unknown airport); purchased from Transit Sales International in summer 2008.

External links

University of Michigan Parking and Transportation Services (official site)

References