The Ride

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Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.



The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has received gold medal recognition for its sustainability efforts.  

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It's been almost a week since The Ride made major changes to its bus system, and the report is: So far, so good. 

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Major changes will take place this Sunday, May 1st at The Ride in Washtenaw County.  

Gillian Ream Gainsley
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Public transportation in Washtenaw County is growing. The AAATA is expanding service beginning in May, and increased rail service may be on the horizon.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Gillian Ream Gainsley, Ypsilanti representative for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, about how these transportation methods may impact the local environment.

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Representatives from the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as "The Ride," will pass out information on service improvements.  

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Parking is always at premium in Ann Arbor. It can be near impossible to find during the Art Fair. The four day Ann Arbor Art Fair begins at 10 this morning and there are options for getting to and from without having to spend a portion of your day looking for a place to park.

Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township are expected to decide in May on a proposed public transit tax to raise nearly $4.4 million in annual funding.  The Ann Arbor News reports campaigns with competing messages are taking place after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted last week to place a 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three Washtenaw County communities


A recent survey finds area voters would support a tax hike to help fund the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five year transit plan.  

63 percent of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township voters polled would probably or definitely vote for a new tax of less than one mill for additional service.  The survey was conducted in October through December for 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.   

ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented

Dec 11, 2013
Bob Eccles

ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night. 

The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.

Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.

The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor. 

The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.


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.


If you want to have your opinion heard on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year transit improvement plan, you're running out of time. 

Spokesperson Don Kline says a series of public meetings on the subject hosted by The Ride is drawing to a close.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm at the University of Michigan's Towsley Center Sheldon Auditorium. There's also a meeting Thursday from 10am to noon at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.

Comments gathered during the process will be summarized for a report to the AAATA board. 

If you can't make any of the meetings, you can review The Ride's plan online at and email your thoughts by Friday to

The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance

Nov 4, 2013

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings. 

Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.  The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.

There are several public meetings planned.  Find the meeting schedule at


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.

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.