Route Name & Number

Find the schedule for the route, day of week and the direction you plan to travel.

  • These items will be shown on the sign on the front of the bus: route NUMBER (letter A on the image above), route NAME (B), and DIRECTION (C) of travel.


Find the TIMEPOINTS (D) nearest to your destination. These are places along the route where a bus will not depart the stop before the time shown in the schedule.

  • Timepoints are always shown on the route map, but your stop may fall between a set of timepoints and may not be shown.  If your stop is not listed as a timepoint, estimate its departure time by placing it between the two timepoints that surround it.

Route Variation

Determine which VARIATION (E) of the route you will need to use.  Variations are parts of the route which use different streets.  Be sure you know which variation of the route you need or you could end up in the wrong neighborhood!

  • Variations are shown in the schedule as letters.  These letters will also be shown on the sign on the front of the bus.  The variations shown above are '4A' and '4B'.  4A travels to Ypsilanti via the U-M Hospital and 4B travels via U-M Central Campus.

Schedule Times

To see the TIMES (F) when buses will depart from a specific timepoint, read downward in a column.  Rows (read from left to right) show when a particular bus reaches different timepoints as it travels along the route.

  • To plan a trip, start at the column of the timepoint nearest to your destination.  Choose a time in that column for when you'd like to reach your destination.  Read back across the times in that row (from right to left) to the column of the timepoint nearest to your trip origin.  This is the time when you need to be at the stop to board the bus.
  • If a dash is shown, the bus does not serve the area of that timepoint.