The Michigan Student Assembly is once again providing cheap transportation to the Detroit Metro airport for Thanksgiving. MSA Airbus is offering ten trips on November 25 and 26 to the airport, and frequent return trips on Sunday, November 30. Tickets, available at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, are $8 for one-way and $13 round-trip with reservations. Tickets can also be purchased on a standby basis, although reservations are suggested.
This service is the hard work of my friend and U-M undergrad Neil Greenberg and a small group of dedicated members of student government. It’s an embarrassment to the University that this financially sustainable and much-needed service must be organized by undergrads through the auspices of student government: the administration should, like many other colleges and Universities, run a shuttle to and from the airport on a regular schedule, with extra trips when demand requires. Although I believe it should be free, they could easily charge a small amount – and the costs to the University, which owns their own buses and purchases fuel in bulk – would almost certainly be less than Airbus, which uses charter coaches.