Charles Griffith http://wemu.org en 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 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