After a successful first trial year, the University’s MDetroit Center Connector bus has established itself as a viable option for students traveling to Detroit. Now, the goal is to generate more interest to keep the program alive and growing.
The bus, now in its second year of operation after being renewed as a part of the University’s Detroit Center budget, made its first journey of this year Sept. 18 running on grant money. The service is free, and the Connector staff plans to keep it that way for as long as possible, though a $5 donation per ride is suggested.
The first MDCC launched back in October 2013 after assessing student demand via survey. The results of the initial survey from February 2013 indicated that over 75 percent of possible riders — students, faculty, staff and community members — were ‘very likely’ to use the service if it were provided.