Your drive-alone commute can be costly. Use the calculator below to quickly see the savings you can realize by carpooling, vanpooling, or taking the bus. Not only do you save money, you reduce your environmental footprint. GO BLUE, THINK GREEN!

Results Daily Monthly Yearly
Drive Alone1
Carpool with 1 other person
Vanpool (University of Michigan) with 6 people2
Transit Options
AAATA (Ride FREE with your University of Michigan MCard)
Express Ride (Canton and Chelsea)3
Detroit Connector4

1 Actual costs may vary based on type of vehicle, individual driving habits, and other factors. According to AAA’s most recent edition of “Your Driving Costs“, the composite average annual cost to drive a vehicle (sedan) is 58.99 cents per mile for 15,000 miles. Cost estimates do not include full-coverage insurance, license, registration, taxes, depreciation (15,000 miles annually), vehicle loan payments, or finance charges.

2 Vanpool rate is based on monthly rate for full-time (at least 32 hours/wk) University of Michigan employees driving a late model Dodge Caravan (20 mpg). For more information check out the Vanpool page. Cost is $25/month plus fuel. Fees are waived for drivers.

3 Rates noted based on current Fiscal Year U-M sponsored monthly rate. Individual trips are $5 one way.

4 Detroit Connector rate is based on the commuter rate of $6 each way. Riders make reservations online, with one-way trips costing $6 and round-trips costing $12.