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Community
4:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

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.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's new Blake Transit Center.

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Community
5:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Chosen To Lead RTA

Credit 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.

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Community
4:40 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford Finalist For New Job

Credit 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.  

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Politics
12:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Transit Millage Opponents Say Defeating Ballot Issue First Step Towards More Efficient Transit

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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.

Better Transit Now's Ted Annis explains why he thinks the AAATA needs a new CEO.

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Community
1:52 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Had A Big Year in 2013, More Growth Expected in 2014

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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.   

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's big changes in 2013, and what could be in store this year.

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Ann Arbor Transit Center
12:49 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Blake Transit Center to be Finished in January, On Budget

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.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has this update on the new Blake Transit Center construction project.