Parking & Transportation
For those of you flying in for the conference, you will want to select Detroit Metro airport as your destination. Ann Arbor is a 30 minute drive from the airport.
Transportation to and from Airport
Cabs are available from the Detroit Metropolitan airport to Ann Arbor. Expect to pay between $50-60 one-way. You can also make arrangements (at least 24 hours in advance of your flight) to take a shuttle:
AirRide: Public transit service connecting Ann Arbor with Detroit Metro Airport. $12 one way with reservation ($15 walk-on). Bus stops at the Blake Transit Center, Kensington Court Hotel (near to the Hampton Inn South conference hotel*), and U-M Central Campus Transit Center in Ann Arbor. See website for schedule.
*Note: If you are planning to take the AirRide and will be staying at the Hampton Inn South hotel, please tell the hotel staff when you make your reservation, and they will arrange for a shuttle to pick you up at the Kensington Court hotel and bring you to the Hampton Inn South.
Select Ride: You may also call 734-663-8898 locally or 866-663-8898 nationally. Two options:
- Airport shuttle: $40 per person from the airport to Ann Arbor, $33 per person from Ann Arbor to the airport, or $63 total when booked roundtrip. They need a contact number for the passenger, the passenger calls when they land and have bags in hand, and the driver gives directions as to where to meet. See website for discounted rates on multiple passengers.
- Yellow Car Service: 734-663-3355. $49 flat rate each way. No additional charge for extra passengers.
Ann Arbor Michigan Airport Shuttle: You may also call 734-507-9220. $45 flat rate each way for one person, $50 each way for 2-5 people.
Driving Directions to Conference
From East: from I-94 exit at State Street (exit 177) (approx. 20 miles from Detroit Metro Airport); go north on State, which will take you into campus. Several parking options are located west of State and north of Madison. Rackham Graduate School, your first destination, can be reached by continuing north on State Street and turning right on Washington. It will be on the left, just before Fletcher Street.
From North: US-23 to Business M-14 (Main Street). Take Main Street to Huron Street. Turn left (east) on Huron. Turn right on State Street. Several parking options are located west of State Street (from State, turn right on Liberty and left on Thompson to reach the Maynard St. parking structure). To reach Rackham from Huron and State, take a right onto State (south), and then turn left (east) on E. Washington. Rackham is on the left, just before Fletcher Street.
From West: From I-94, exit at Jackson Road (172), which becomes Huron Street as you travel east. Continue east on Huron. Take a right onto State (south), and then turn left (east) on E. Washington. Rackham is on the left, just before Fletcher Street.
From South: US-23 to Washtenaw Avenue West exit (exit 37B). After you travel approximately 2-3 miles, there is a fork in the road, splitting into Stadium Blvd and Washtenaw Ave. Stay to the right to continue on Washtenaw. Keep following Washtenaw, which will eventually curve to the left and become E. Huron Street. Take Huron Street to Fletcher Street. Turn left onto Fletcher. Then take your first right, which is Washington Street. Rackham is the large building on your right.
Parking Options for the Conference
Best Plan …
Parking on campus is limited, so please consider parking at the Hampton Inn South, 925 Victors Way, near exit 177 off I-94 on Ann Arbor’s southeast side, and take the free shuttle to the conference. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 12th, and from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. on March 13th.
Good Plan …
If you would prefer to drive, pay for parking and walk (likely several blocks) to the conference, please see the website. The conference will be held at the Rackham Graduate School building, at the corner of E. Washington St., E. Huron and Fletcher Street (J-1 on the central and south campuses map). Possibilities include:
- Palmer Commons Public Parking structure, on Palmer Drive off of Washtenaw Avenue. (M-2 on the map)
- Maynard St. Public Parking structure, between Liberty and William streets and Thompson and Maynard streets. (F-3 on the map)
- The parking lot at Jefferson and Maynard. (G-6 on the map)
- The Fifth Street Public Parking lot between Liberty and William, and Fifth and Division. (D-3 on the map)
- The parking lot at Madison and Thompson. (F-7 on the map)
Alternative plan …
For information on riding a city bus, please visit www.theride.org/parkandride.asp. If you select this option, you will park at the State Street Commuter Lot, located on the west side of State Street, north of Eisenhower, across from the Howard Cooper car dealership. The Route 36 Shuttle runs every 9 minutes from 7-10 a.m., every 12 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and every 30 minutes from 6 to 10 p.m. This route goes directly to U of M Central Campus. Route 36 stops in the State Street lot and at the Tennis Center lot when traveling to and from campus. Starting with the 4 p.m. trip, however, northbound (towards campus) buses do not pull into these lots.
Please note that shuttle service to and from the conference will be provided from the Hampton Inn South hotel. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 12th, and from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m. on March 13th.