One of the lesser-known perks of attending Lawrence Technological University in Southfield is a free bus line called Tech Transit. And the service, which recently completed its seventh academic year, has set another ridership record.
Tech Transit provided service to 15,260 riders in the 2018-19 academic year, according to Eric Green, Tech Transit coordinator at LTU. That’s up 9 percent from 14,050 riders in the 2017-18 academic year. Green also noted that the system has come a long way since its inception in the 2012-13 academic year, when it saw just 4,040 riders.
“We are continuing to see a steady increase each year with ridership,” said Green, who also serves as LTU’s cross country and track and field coach. Green said a rider questionnaire helped the service add and delete stops for more effective service, including additional afternoon runs on some routes.
Tech Transit operates four regular routes:
The service is free to students and staff with an LTU identification card. The buses are driven by about 25 LTU students who have chauffeur’s licenses. Service is provided in large vans.
Green said that with additional activities at LTU’s Blue Devil Stadium, opening Sept. 1—including six LTU home football games, and numerous LTU lacrosse, LTU soccer, and high school football games—the service will also be providing additional shuttle service to the stadium from LTU’s parking lots.