Employees Offered Free Marq-Tran Rides
Northern faculty and staff can leave the driving to others this academic year by taking advantage of free rides on Marq-Tran buses. NMU’s original contract for the Wildcat Shuttle, which operated strictly on campus to transport students between locations, has been expanded to include free service on any fixed route in Marquette County.
Students and employees simply need to show an ID to board a Marq-Tran bus at locations in Gwinn, K.I. Sawyer, Ishpeming, Negaunee and throughout Marquette. To access routes and schedules, visit Marq-Tran.
“Last year, the user rates for the Wildcat Shuttle kept climbing, so we negotiated a separate contract to take students on the fixed routes as well,” said Art Gischia (Business and Auxiliary Operations). “This is the first time faculty and staff have been able to participate. People who are willing to adjust their schedules and face a little inconvenience associated with not having their own vehicles can save money on gas and avoid doing their own driving on the roads this winter.”
The alternate mode of transportation also has the potential to relieve parking congestion on campus. Gischia added that cutting down on vehicles and emissions aligns with the Road Map’s sustainability goals. The free fixed-route service is a pilot program that will be reevaluated at the end of the academic year.