Airport Transportation and Taxi/Shuttle Service
The major airport for travelers coming to Ann Arbor is Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). DTW is located about 25 miles east of Ann Arbor. www.metroairport.com
There are several ways to get to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus from the airport. The two easiest ways are to either rent a car and drive or to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel in Ann Arbor. A slower but cheaper shuttle service does exist.
DTW airport hosts all the major rental car companies. The rental lots are off airport so simply follow the signs to the rental car shuttles. The drive to Ann Arbor is an easy, 30 minute drive. You will probably not need a car in Ann Arbor if you stay at the hotels were we blocked rooms, but a car is an easy way to get to the hotels. Both the hotels we blocked have free parking.
There are two different taxi/car services that operate out of the DTW airport. Metro Cars are a sedan (limo) service while Metro cabs are more typical cabs. The locations are right next to each other at the airport. Follow signs for Ground Transportation. No reservations are required. Fees to Ann Arbor are about $70 (metrocar) and $55 (metrocab) plus tip.
AirRide is a bus/shuttle service to and from the DTW airport operated by the Ann Arbor Transit
Authority. It drops passengers at a location that is about a 10 minute walk to the hotels were
we have reserved a block of rooms. The one way fee is $12.
Getting Around Ann Arbor
University of Michigan Buses
a/k/a the Big Blue Buses. University buses run seven days per week year round, except on or around University holidays. These are free of charge to students and non-students. Bus schedules and maps can be found on the U-M Parking and Transportation website. For the MAPS Workshop, the UM buses will not be very useful, unless you want to travel to North Campus to visit us at the Space Research Building.
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) Buses
a/k/a The Ride. The city buses run seven days a week through Washtenaw County. The fare is $1.50 per person and exact change is needed, although if you overpay you can get a "change card" that can be used on future bus rides (ask the driver). More information can be found at TheRide.org website. The most useful route is #62, which runs directly from the Courtyard Marriott hotel to the Michigan Union where the meeting is being held. Details for route #62 can be found at #62 route map. Consulting Google maps for the area near the hotel will show you exactly where the bus stops are.
The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a list of taxi services.