Michael Ford

Bob Guenzel
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A well known name in Washtenaw County has been tapped to lead the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority until a new C-E-O is hired.  Former County Administrator Bob Guenzel is expected to run The Ride for about six months.


The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today.  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.  


Michael Ford
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford has been chosen to lead the Regional Transit Authority.  According to tweets from Transit Riders United and others, The RTA board reportedly voted in a unanimous decision for Ford Wednesday.

Michael Ford
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Crain's Detroit Business is reporting 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.  

Better Transit Now Sign
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Members of Better Transit Now say defeating next week’s transit millage is the first step towards improving Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service. 

Former AATA board member Ted Annis believes it will take time and likely require Ann Arbor City Council changing the make-up of the authority’s board.  Annis thinks a drive for more efficient service likely will require a shake-up at the AAATA.


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With two new member communities and a name change, 2013 was a big year for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.   

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority expects to complete work on the new Blake Transit Center in late January. 

CEO Michael Ford says they will talk with Dennis Dahlmann who is buying the former YMCA site next to the transit center.  Ford says hopefully the development and the Transit Center can be mutually beneficial.   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.

Ford says only about 30,000 dollars remain in the contingency fund but hopefully the project will come in on budget.