Does my Mcard really allow me free rides on AATA city buses?

A University agreement with Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) allows all students, faculty, and staff with yellow Mcards to ride any fixed schedule bus route simply by swiping their valid (non-expired) Mcard through a card reader on the fare box on the bus.  Individuals who are not U-M students or employees are not a part of the agreement.

The program is called Mride.  The five-year agreement between the University and AATA will allow free rides any time and any day to destinations throughout Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Pittsfield Township.  The agreement does not cover rides to such events as the Ann Arbor Art Fair or home Michigan football games. 

If you have an expired Mcard, a replacement Mcard can be issued for free when the expired card is turned in to an ID Issuing Station