Tech Transit, Lawrence Technological University’s student transportation system, posted its sixth straight year of record ridership in the 2017-18 school year.
Eric Green, director of the system, said ridership hit 14,550 in the last school year, up from 12,400 the year before and 11,200 the year before that. When introduced in the 2012-13 school year, ridership was 4,040.
Tech Transit consists of four 15-passenger airport-style vans, staffed by about two dozen student drivers. Those drivers must pass a background check and possess a Michigan chauffeur’s license. The vans are maintained by the university’s in-house mechanics.
The vans cover five routes linking Lawrence Tech’s main campus in Southfield to the rest of the community:
All routes are free to students with LTU ID cards. The vans also run on a limited schedule for LTU’s summer students.
Green joined LTU as cross country coach in 2012 from Oakland Community College, where he was also transportation director for the athletic department. He added oversight of the Tech Transit system to his LTU responsibilities in 2016.
Green said future goals for Tech Transit include providing transportation to LTU’s athletic teams, thus saving money on bus rental, and adding a route to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.