To help individuals attend the numerous a2Tech360 series of
events happening June 2 – June 10, Ann Arbor SPARK is providing complimentary day
passes for TheRide. “Spanning the
nine-day period, there are 14 tech-related events hosted throughout Ann Arbor
and Ypsilanti,” said Komal Doshi, Ann Arbor SPARK director of mobility programs.
“Our goal is to help people who may have limited access to transportation
attend those events. It’s a great example of how public transportation is a critical
factor in the inclusive growth of our tech ecosystem and the future of Ann
Arbor as a Smart City.”

The program is administered Token Transit, a ticketing app
that allows users to register for the bus pass and present it to the driver all
from the rider’s smartphone.

“We encourage all registrants of a2Tech360 to sign-up for a
complimentary day pass on Token Transit for TheRide courtesy of Ann Arbor SPARK.
By testing this new pilot program and providing feedback, it will help shape
the future of ticketing for TheRide,” said Julia Roberts, project lead at

“While the Token Transit app will be active throughout a2Tech360,
we predict most activations will occur during A2 Tech Trek,” said Jenn Queen, Ann
Arbor SPARK vice president of marketing and communications. “Our flagship event
has grown over the years and we’re thrilled to offer an alternative to driving
and parking in the downtown area for students, residents, and out-of-town guests

How it Works

  1. Register for one (or more) of the a2Tech360 events.
  2. Check your email for an invitation with a link
    to register for your free day passes.
  3. Complete your registration with Token Transit —
    be sure to use the same email you used when registering for the a2Tech360 events.
  4. Download the Token Transit app to your smart
  5. When ready to activate your day pass, click “Tap
    to use Day Pass”
  6. Present pass to TheRide bus driver

Please check TheRide website for
schedules and routes.

An Ann Arbor SPARK initiative, a2Tech360 dedicates itself to
promoting the ecosystem of the Ann Arbor area of innovation. More than a week
of tech-related events, a2Tech360 creates connections between innovators,
researchers, investors, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, job
seekers and the general public to generate discussion, ideas and new

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Source: SPARK