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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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Public efforts to find the next leader of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority kick off Tuesday.

Community members get a chance to share what they want from the AAATA's next CEO at a public meeting.

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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks an express bus route between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor would be a great idea.  The DDA is working to have the route included in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year plan.

DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the highest bus ridership for downtown workers currently is on the number four route along Washtenaw Avenue, and the number five route along Packard Road.

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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.  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. 

The study looked at 20 transit authorities selected through a methodology developed for the National Transit Cooperative Research Program.  It included Lansing and Kalamazoo.

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.  Griffith says the board is now asking staff to dig deeper into the report and find areas The Ride can do better.


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Efforts to increase public transportation in Washtenaw County's urban core took another step forward last night.  Ann Arbor City Council has approved a plan for Ypsilanti Township to join the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.  Council voted 11 to nothing in favor of the resolution last night.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more.
 

Last month Ann Arbor City Council held off a vote on a resolution to approve adding Ypsilanti Township to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Blake Transit Center is being torn down soon, so riders will be directed to a new temporary location. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.


Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.