Michael Ford http://wemu.org en 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 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 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 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 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 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