DETROIT -

the University of Michigan is testing out shuttle service from Ann Arbor to Detroit.

In a statement, the university said the service would begin on Oct. 5 and run on Fridays and Saturdays. The shuttles leave from each location four times between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays.

Exact schedules are available on the Detroit Center Connector website.

The new shuttle service will be available to transport U-M students, staff and faculty from the Ann Arbor campus to the U-M Detroit Center. In addition to the main stop, the project planning team is exploring the possibility of adding stops in areas such as Downtown, the Cultural Center, Eastern Market and Southwest Detroit.

“Our aim is not to become a full-scale transit provider, but to better facilitate and advance learning and engagement with the City, as well as to deepen relationships between Detroit and the U-M Community," said Addell Austin Anderson, director of the U-M Detroit Center and co-director of the MDetroit Center Connector. "Moreover, as this project grows, we’re also very interested in enabling Detroiters - young and old - to more easily access Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan communities.  We believe this is a true win-win situation for everyone.”

The bus service is being funded by the University of Michigan’s Transforming Learning for the Third Century Fund, the U-M Detroit Center and Semester in Detroit Program.