WayneRides

Wayne State's one-stop shop for all things transportation and mobility. We're here to make transportation as simple and accessible as possible for WSU students, faculty, staff and neighbors.

Exciting News

New in fall 2021, Wayne State is subsidizing four-hour Dart and annual MoGo passes for all enrolled students, as well as full- and part-time employees, allowing them to ride DDOT and SMART buses, the QLINE streetcar, and MoGo bikes for free. To participate, users will need to download the Dart app and enter an eligibility code, or sign up using their Wayne State email address on a customized MoGo webpage, and follow the instructions provided.

Request a Dart eligibility code.                          Sign up for an Annual MoGo pass.

Please Note:

  • To download and log into the Dart app, users will need to enter a credit card. Your card will not be charged if you purchase "Wayne Rides 4-Hour Passes" for "$0.00". If you do not have a credit card, you ride for free by picking up a 31-Day Dart Pass from The W Food Pantry and Wardrobe.
  • An annual MoGo pass will allow you to take an unlimited number of 60-minute trips for one year. For trips that extend beyond 60 minutes, users pay $0.25 for each additional minute (so, a 60-minute trip is free, but a 70-minute trip would cost you $2.50) until the bike is securely locked in any MoGo station.

Unfamiliar with Dart? It's new way to pay and ride DDOT, SMART, and the QLINE streetcar!



Overview

Metro Detroit has seen major advances in mobility in recent years with the introduction of the QLINE, MoGo and SMART FAST limited-stop bus routes. In 2019, DDOT and SMART launched a unified payment system, Dart, which represented another major step forward. Dart passes can be used interchangeably on DDOT and SMART buses and the QLINE streetcar.

Wayne State has been an active contributor and partner in expanding mobility options for the campus community through partnerships with Zipcar, MoGo and the QLINE. These partnerships are part of the university's ongoing efforts to create a 24/7 campus that is active, safe and easy to navigate.

Why ride? For starters, transit is affordable. A 31-Day Dart pass is $70 whereas AAA estimates the average monthly cost of car ownership is $800. It also encourages a healthy lifestyle and allows you to reduce your carbon footprint. On average, public transit users walk 19 minutes per day to get to and from their bus stop and commuting by transit could save 4,800 pounds of CO2 a year (about 9% of the average American's carbon footprint).

For a quick way to begin planning your trips by transit, try the trip planner on maps.google.com or download the Transit app.

Options and Routes

DDOT

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) operates buses within the city of Detroit—including frequent north-south service along both Woodward and Cass, which makes getting to and from neighborhoods including Downtown, New Center, Boston Edison and Palmer Woods quick and easy. Both the Woodward (4-Woodward) and Cass (16-Dexter) routes are also useful for getting around campus. The Woodward bus picks up outside the Mike Ilitch School of Business (on Woodward at Sproat). Travel time to Old Main and Main Campus is approximately 15 minutes.

Fare for the DDOT bus is normally $2.00 for four hours. A 31-Day Dart Pass is $70 and good for unlimited rides on DDOT, SMART and the QLINE. Wayne State students and employees ride free with a special eligibility code. Request your eligibility code at go.wayne.edu/waynerides-request and follow the instructions provided to begin riding.

SMART

SMART operates bus service in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties with local travel within and between suburban cities as well as service into downtown Detroit. In addition to regular fixed-routes, SMART offers limited-stop FAST routes along Woodward, Michigan and Gratiot. These FAST routes make getting to campus from places like Ferndale, Dearborn and Roseville relatively quick and easy. For example: The Woodward FAST bus picks up outside the Welcome Center (on Woodward at Warren). Travel time to Ferndale is approximately 30 minutes and all FAST buses are equipped with free on board Wi-Fi. View all of SMART's campus-serving routes here.

SMART accepts Dart passes and offers a couple of unique options, including $11 and $22 value passes. Wayne State students and employees ride free with a special eligibility code. Request your eligibility code at go.wayne.edu/waynerides-request and follow the instructions provided to begin riding.

QLINE

The QLINE, operated by M-1 Rail, is a 6.6-milecirculating streetcar loop with 12 stops along Woodward between Downtown and New Center and the North End. QLINE service was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will resume on September 27 and be free for the rest of 2021. When it returns, M-1 Rail has said its goal is for the streetcars to come every 15 minutes . Travel time from New Center (Grand Boulevard) to Downtown (Congress) is approximately 30 minutes, traffic permitting.

The QLINE accepts Dart passes and offers a $30 monthly pass, which is good on the QLINE only. Wayne State students and employees ride free with a special eligibility code. Request your eligibility code at go.wayne.edu/waynerides-request and follow the instructions provided to begin riding.

MoGo

MoGo is Detroit's first public bike sharing system with 620 bikes at 75 stations in greater Downtown, Northwest Detroit, Ferndale, Oak Park, Huntington Woods, Berkley and Royal Oak—including 7 stations on or immediately adjacent to our campus:

  • Second and Burroughs (TechTown, I2C and I-Bio)
  • W. Kirby and Third (F/AB, Towers and AWD Apartments)
  • Trumbull and Merrick (Athletics)
  • Cass and Gilmour Mall (Law, Nursing and McGregor)
  • Cass and W. Hancock (Old Main)
  • John R and E. Canfield (Medical Campus)
  • Temple and Second (Mike Ilitch)

Designed for quick trips around town, MoGo is a fun, flexible and convenient way to get around. Purchase a pass online, with the Transit App, or at any one of MoGo's 75 stations and start riding. Wayne State students and employees can purchase a free Annual MoGo pass (regularly $90), good for unlimited 60-minute trips, by signing up with their Wayne State email at MoGoDetroit.org/WSU. For trips that extend beyond 60 minutes, users pay $0.25 for each additional minute until the bike is securely locked in any MoGo station. Registered members of a state program (ex. Food Assistance) can purchase an Annual Pass for $5.00 (called an Access Pass).

Sample Trips

Traveling to Mike Ilitch from Parking Structure 1

The 4-Woodward (DDOT) picks up at Woodward and Palmer (a 4-minute walk from Parking Structure 1) and drops off at Woodward and Temple outside the Mike Ilitch School of Business. On weekdays, the 4-Woodward runs every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes at night. Travel time between Parking Structure 1 and the Mike Ilitch School of Business is approximately 15 minutes.

The 16-Dexter (DDOT) picks up at Cass and Kirby (a 4-minute walk from Parking Structure 1) and drops off at Cass and Ledyard (a 6-minute walk to the Mike Ilitch School of Business). On weekdays, the 16-Dexter runs every 12 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes at night. Travel time between Parking Structure 1 and the Mike Ilitch School of Business is approximately 20 minutes.

Wayne State students raced from the Student Center to Mike Ilitch School of Business on the 4-Woodward, QLINE streetcar and MoGo—and MoGo won with a travel time of 10 minutes. Pick up a MoGo bike at Cass and Gilmour Mall and ride to the MoGo station at Temple and Second (a 6-minute walk to the Mike Ilitch School of Business). Click here to view the video.

Traveling from the Medical Campus to Main Campus and HFHS

The 4-Woodward (DDOT) picks up at Woodward and W. Canfield (an 8-minute walk from the School of Medicine) and drops off at Woodward and Warren (a 1-minute walk to 5057 Woodward). On weekdays, the 4-Woodward runs every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 20 minutes at night. Travel time between the School of Medicine and 5057 Woodward is approximately 15 minutes.

The 80-Villages Direct (DDOT) picks up at Canfield and Brush (a 4-minute walk from the School of Medicine) and drops off at Cass and Warren outside Science Hall and at Grand Boulevard and the Lodge Service Drive (a 3-minute walk to Henry Ford Hospital). The 80-Villages Direct only runs on weekdays with 30-minute headways between buses. Travel time between the School of Medicine and Science Hall ranges from 10-40 minutes depending on how long you have to wait for the bus. Travel time between the School of Medicine and Henry Ford is 20-50 minutes depending on how long you have to wait for the bus. *DDOT has paused 80-Villages service until further notice.

The 8-Warren (DDOT) picks up at Warren and St. Antoine (an 8-minute walk from the School of Medicine) and drops off at Warren and Cass (a 2-minute walk to State Hall). On weekdays, the 8-Warren runs every 20 minutes during peak hours and every 60 minutes at night. Travel time between the Medical School and State Hall is approximately 15 minutes during peak hours.

MoGo is a great option for traveling between our Main and Medical Campuses and Henry Ford Health System with stations located at John R and E. Canfield (a 5-minute walk from the School of Medicine), at Second and Burroughs (outside One Ford Place) and on Grand Boulevard outside Henry Ford Hospital. MoGo bikes are available on-demand 24-7.

For a quick way to begin planning your trips by transit, try the trip planner on maps.google.com or download the Transit app.

Resources

Getting Around (PDF)
Our 2021 O2 presentation.

Midtown Transportation Map (PDF)
Highlighting DDOT and SMART routes and MoGo stations.

Midtown Bikemap (PDF)
Highlighting bike lanes, MoGo and fix-it stations on and around campus.