Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority http://wemu.org en Art Fair Visitors Use Bus To Avoid Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Hassles http://wemu.org/post/art-fair-visitors-use-bus-avoid-downtown-ann-arbor-parking-hassles <p>Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:21:53 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48895 at http://wemu.org Art Fair Visitors Use Bus To Avoid Downtown Ann Arbor Parking Hassles Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-celebrates-blake-transit-center-grand-opening <div>The <strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> held the official grand opening of the new <strong><a href="http://www.blaketransitcenter.com/" target="_blank">Blake Transit Center</a></strong> in downtown Ann Arbor today. &nbsp;It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:50:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48415 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon http://wemu.org/post/aaata-rolling-out-transit-improvements-soon <p>Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th.&nbsp;</p><p>It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.</p><p>Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:39:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 47766 at http://wemu.org AAATA Rolling Out Transit Improvements Soon Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Chosen To Lead RTA http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authoritys-michael-ford-chosen-lead-rta <p><strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's</a></strong> Michael Ford has been chosen to lead the <strong><a href="http://www.semcog.org/RTA.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Transit Authority</a></strong>. &nbsp;According to <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/DetroitTransit/status/469202112203616256" target="_blank">tweets from Transit Riders United</a></strong> and others, The RTA board reportedly voted in a unanimous decision for Ford Wednesday.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congrats to newly approved <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DetRTA&amp;src=hash">#DetRTA</a> CEO Michael Ford!! Approved unanimously by Board. Brings great experience from AAATA, Portland, Seattle!</p>— Transit Riders (TRU) (@DetroitTransit) <a href="https://twitter.com/DetroitTransit/statuses/469202112203616256">May 21, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:13:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46222 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Chosen To Lead RTA Commuter Challenge Passes Mid-Point http://wemu.org/post/commuter-challenge-passes-mid-point <div>Over 75-thousand miles of alternative commuting have already been logged by more than 200 teams participating in the <strong><a href="http://commuter.getdowntown.org/~getdown/challenge" target="_blank">Commuter Challenge</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 21:07:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45977 at http://wemu.org Commuter Challenge Passes Mid-Point Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Finalist For New Job http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authoritys-michael-ford-finalist-new-job <div><strong><a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140516/NEWS/140519875/rta-selects-3-finalists-for-ceo-job#" target="_blank">Crain's Detroit Business is reporting</a></strong> the head of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is one of three finalists to become CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:40:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45973 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Finalist For New Job Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters http://wemu.org/post/transit-millage-approved-ann-arbor-ypsilanti-ypsilanti-township-voters <p><strong><a href="http://www.theride.org/" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority</a></strong> riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax. &nbsp;The <strong><a href="http://morebuses.org/" target="_blank">More Buses campaign</a></strong> is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 03:03:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45480 at http://wemu.org Transit Millage Approved By Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township Voters Transit Millage Opponents Say Defeating Ballot Issue First Step Towards More Efficient Transit http://wemu.org/post/transit-millage-opponents-say-defeating-ballot-issue-first-step-towards-more-efficient-transit <p>Members of <strong><a href="http://bettertransitnow.org/" target="_blank">Better Transit Now</a></strong> say defeating next week’s transit millage is the first step towards improving Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former AATA board member Ted </span>Annis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> believes it will take time and likely require Ann Arbor City Council changing the make-up of the authority’s board.&nbsp; </span>Annis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> thinks a drive for more efficient service likely will require a shake-up at the AAATA.</span></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:26:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45144 at http://wemu.org Transit Millage Opponents Say Defeating Ballot Issue First Step Towards More Efficient Transit Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage http://wemu.org/post/presidents-um-emu-and-wcc-support-transit-millage <p>The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:32:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 44474 at http://wemu.org Presidents of UM, EMU And WCC Support Transit Millage Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum http://wemu.org/post/pros-and-cons-transit-millage-discussed-league-women-voters-forum <p>About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.&nbsp; Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:56:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44043 at http://wemu.org Pros And Cons Of Transit Millage Discussed At League Of Women Voters Forum Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage http://wemu.org/post/senior-groups-supporting-ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-millage <p>With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor, </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 04:28:03 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43990 at http://wemu.org Senior Groups Supporting Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-consolidate-several-precincts-may-6th-election <div>A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. &nbsp;To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.</div><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:37:22 +0000 Andrew Cluley 43133 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township to Consolidate Several Precincts for May 6th Election Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Opens New Blake Transit Center [Photos] http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-opens-new-blake-transit-center-photos <p>While work is still underway, The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opened the new Blake Transit Center today. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:16:51 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42962 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Opens New Blake Transit Center [Photos] Voters To Decide in May if They will Pay For Expanded Transit Service http://wemu.org/post/voters-decide-may-if-they-will-pay-expanded-transit-service <p>Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.&nbsp; That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:53:44 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41845 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Board to Vote Next Week on Putting Tax Hike on May Ballot http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-authority-board-vote-next-week-putting-tax-hike-may-ballot <p>The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority board will vote next week on a proposal to place a point-seven mill tax question on the May 6<sup>th</sup> ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.&nbsp; Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:42:36 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41439 at http://wemu.org New Blake Transit Center Still A Month From Opening http://wemu.org/post/new-blake-transit-center-still-month-opening <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor is likely a month from opening. &nbsp;</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Even when the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opens the building buses will continue to load passengers in temporary locations until spring. &nbsp;That's because the driveway for the buses won't be completed until then.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 07:32:15 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41109 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayor Touts Benefits of AAATA Transit Improvement Plan http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-mayor-touts-benefits-aaata-transit-improvement-plan <p>Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says he looks forward to residents of his city enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit options outlined in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's transit improvement plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Schreiber says improved public transportation will benefit both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.</p><p>The Mayor says better bus service will help those who live in Ypsilanti and work in Ann Arbor, and will help the economies of both cities.</p><p>Schreiber says the local business infrastructure will also be a beneficiary of better transit.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:59:03 +0000 Bob Eccles 40856 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Mayor Touts Benefits of AAATA Transit Improvement Plan Ann Arbor Area Transportation Had A Big Year in 2013, More Growth Expected in 2014 http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-transportation-had-big-year-2013-more-growth-expected-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With two new member communities and a name change,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wemu.org/term/ride" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>2013 was a big year for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.&nbsp;</strong></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:52:10 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39749 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Transportation Had A Big Year in 2013, More Growth Expected in 2014 AAATA Announces Holiday Service Reductions http://wemu.org/post/aaata-announces-holiday-service-reductions <p>The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will have reduced service for much of the next two weeks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 04:27:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39258 at http://wemu.org Public Meeting Shows Some Support for WALLY Station at 415 W. Washingtion http://wemu.org/post/public-meeting-shows-some-support-wally-station-415-w-washingtion <p>Community members at a meeting on proposed sites for a downtown Ann Arbor WALLY commuter rail station supported the service coming to downtown Ann Arbor, the use of a minimal station, and for it to be located at 415 West Washington.&nbsp; Many of the people at last night's meeting however continue to have questions about the overall funding and operations of the proposed commuter rail between Howell and Ann Arbor.&nbsp;</p><p>Neal Billetdeaux is a landscape architect with Smith Group JJR.&nbsp; He says the 415 West Washington scored highest of six possible locations because of several factors.&nbsp; This includes the fact the property is owned by the city, was closest to the core of downtown, and has track at grade level on a portion of the site.<br /><br />Challenges with the curvature of the track and other issues where the proposed WALLY and East-West Commuter rail lines cross make it unlikely that site could serve as a single station serving both lines and Amtrak.</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:50:25 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38584 at http://wemu.org New Blake Transit Center to be Finished in January, On Budget http://wemu.org/post/new-blake-transit-center-be-finished-january-budget <p>The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority expects to complete work on the new Blake Transit Center in late January.&nbsp;</p><p>CEO Michael Ford says they will talk with Dennis Dahlmann who is buying the former YMCA site next to the transit center.&nbsp; Ford says hopefully the development and the Transit Center can be mutually beneficial.&nbsp;&nbsp; Ford says they will also have discussions about portable trailers that are on the Y-Lot as a temporary operations hub for the transit center during construction.<br /><br />Ford says only about 30,000 dollars remain in the contingency fund but hopefully the project will come in on budget.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 05:49:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38208 at http://wemu.org AAATA Beats Peers on Cost per Passenger Trip, Higher on Cost per Service Hour http://wemu.org/post/aaata-beats-peers-cost-passenger-trip-higher-cost-service-hour <p>A comparison to peer public transit organizations finds the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's cost per passenger trip is about 17 percent below the median cost of similar organizations.&nbsp; The lower cost is thanks to The Ride having about 50% more passenger trips per service hour, and despite a higher cost per service hour than the median of their peers.&nbsp;</p><p>The study looked at 20 transit authorities selected through a methodology developed for the National Transit Cooperative Research Program.&nbsp; It included Lansing and Kalamazoo.</p><p>Chair of the AAATA board Charles Griffith says the study is done every few years and the information will be useful as service expansion is contemplated.&nbsp; Griffith says the board is now asking staff to dig deeper into the report and find areas The Ride can do better.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:31:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 38071 at http://wemu.org AAATA Beats Peers on Cost per Passenger Trip, Higher on Cost per Service Hour The Ride's Transit Improvement Plan Public Meetings Winding Down http://wemu.org/post/rides-transit-improvement-plan-public-meetings-winding-down <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you want to have your opinion heard on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year transit improvement plan, you're running out of time.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Spokesperson Don Kline says a series of public meetings on the subject hosted by The Ride is drawing to a close.<br /><br />The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm at the University of Michigan's Towsley Center Sheldon Auditorium. There's also a meeting Thursday from 10am to noon at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.</p><p>Comments gathered during the process will be summarized for a report to the AAATA board.&nbsp;</p><p>If you can't make any of the meetings, you can review The Ride's plan online at <a href="http://www.MovingYouForward.org">MovingYouForward.org </a>and email your thoughts by Friday to <a href="http://mailto:tellus@theride.com">TellUs@TheRide.org</a>. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:16:49 +0000 Bob Eccles 37643 at http://wemu.org The Ride's Transit Improvement Plan Public Meetings Winding Down The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance http://wemu.org/post/ride-seeking-public-input-its-performance <p>The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings.&nbsp;</p><p>Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.&nbsp; The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.<br /><br />There are several public meetings planned.&nbsp; Find the meeting schedule at <a href="http://MovingYouForward.org">MovingYouForward.org</a>. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:34:07 +0000 Bob Eccles 37276 at http://wemu.org The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-township-votes-join-aaata <p>The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 01:56:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 34757 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA