Students won’t have to pay a cab company $35 or pester friends with cars to get to Detroit Metropolitan Airport anymore.
Beginning Oct. 1, Michigan Flyer, an express luxury coach service, is expanding its service to include a shuttle bus from the Four Points hotel by Sheraton off of State Street to Detroit Metro Airport and East Lansing.
Students can book a one-way ticket online the Detroit airport for $10 or to East Lansing for $15 with a promotion that’s in effect until Dec. 31.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is partnering with Michigan Flyer for the service.
Students will be able to take the AATA’s Wolverine Tower shuttle for the two-and-a-half miles from Central Campus to the Sheraton.
Starting on Oct. 1, the Wolverine Tower shuttle will stop next to the Sheraton. “It’ll be a change in the routing, but it shouldn’t alter too much,” AATA spokeswoman Mary Stasiak said.
Diane Moore, Michigan Flyer’s director of sales, said the company had lots of requests to add a stop in Ann Arbor.
The Michigan Flyer service will make 11 trips between Ann Arbor and Detroit per day and seven trips between Ann Arbor and East Lansing. The service will also make stops in Jackson.
Shuttles are scheduled to arrive in Ann Arbor from 4:25 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Moore said the busses will offer free water and wireless Internet.
Michigan Flyer could take customers from the Michigan Student Assembly’s airBus service. AirBus provides $7 trips to the airport from campus, but the service is only available around holiday breaks from school.
“It’d be impossible to predict what the Flyer will do to airBus,” MSA President Zack Yost said. “This just amounts to more students having an affordable way to get to the airport.”
Molly Cohen, an LSA freshman from Philadelphia, said she plans to use the service.
“The Michigan Flyer programs sounds like a great way to get to the airport cheaply,” she said.