UM Campus

The University of Michigan campus is a unique setting for experiments in mobility: It features a large student and staff population working across the Central campus, the Medical campus, the North campus, and the South campus.

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Both the University and the Ann Arbor region have well-developed and well-run bus systems. The ridership in the UM system is substantial:

  • about 7.5 million trips a year;
  • 50,000 commuter trips a day;
  • UM buses are used at 75% of their capacities and often cannot accommodate all students at peak times.

At the same time, there is also a significant number of commuters: About 30,000 cars move to, and park on, the campus. 

Mobility studies indicate a significant first/last mile problem with trips that take about 3-5 times longer by public transportation than by car. Biking is a transportation mode at some times of the year. Moreover, there are some significant congestion issues arising in parts of the network. 

Overall, these characteristics, together with the ability to experiment through our partnerships, makes the UM campus and surroundings a unique opportunity to understand the future of mobility.

The RITMO project is collecting massive data set on mobility and on the transit system at UM. The following video visualizes the new proposed transit system at the University of Michigan based on the data we collected. High-frequency buses are depicted in blue, on-demand shuttles in green, and waiting riders in red. The taller the buses, the shuttles, and the waiting queues are, the more people are traveling on the buses and the shuttles or waiting at the stops.The visualization is based on real ridership data.


The remaining videos and images depict some of the data we collected. The following video shows the buses moving (slowly) around the UM campus. It is a screen recording of an application tracking the UM buses in real time.


 The picture below is a density map of the bus boarding on the UM campus.


The pictures below show the parking spaces spread out around the campus, different colors corresponding to different prices. Parking spaces are a scarce resources at the University.

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