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Free new transportation options on Wayne State University's campus

Motor City Beat

DETROIT, MI - Wayne State University is partnering up with DDOT, SMART, the QLine, and MoGo to provide students and employees with free transportation choices around campus. The initiative will go into effect on September 1, 2021.

The existence of the QLine, MoGo, and SMART FAST limited-stop bus routes in recent years has resulted in significant mobility advancements in metro Detroit. Dart, a unified payment system developed by DDOT and SMART, was deployed in 2019, marking yet another significant step ahead. Dart passes may be used on DDOT, SMART, and QLine buses as well as the streetcar.

All enrolled students, as well as full- and part-time employees, will get free four-hour Dart and yearly MoGo tickets, allowing them to ride DDOT and SMART buses, the QLine streetcar, and MoGo bikes. They must have the Dart app downloaded on their phones and input an eligibility code, or sign up on a special MoGo webpage using their Wayne State email address.

WSU believes that this investment would alleviate the financial hardship caused by the pandemic for students and workers.

“We hope this will make it easier for students and employees to access all that our campus and neighborhood have to offer and encourages other institutions to do the same,” said Ned Staebler, Wayne State’s vice president for economic development.

On a daily basis, roughly 30,000 students and staff compete for one of 12,000 parking spots distributed over eight buildings and 26 surface lots throughout campus, including destinations in Midtown and downtown Detroit. Pedestrians use a variety of means of transportation after they get on campus, including walking, scooters, and cycling. There are now a variety of additional choices for getting to further places.

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