Press Release

For Immediate Release

October 11, 2013
Don Kline, Integrated Marketing Coordinator

TheRide Schedules Public Meetings for
Five-Year Transit Improvement Program

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has scheduled public meetings for its Five-Year Transit Improvement Program, which includes many proposed service improvements for Washtenaw County’s Urban Core Communities.  

The meetings will provide an opportunity for residents to offer feedback, ask questions, and make sure the proposed improvements will meet their needs.  TheRide’s Urban Core service area currently includes the cities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Saline, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Pittsfield, and Superior.  

TheRide’s proposed Transit Improvement Program would enhance existing services and routes and increase transit access in underserved areas; adding more destinations, more frequent service, more direct service, and redesigned routes over the next five years.  In addition to these benefits, seniors and people with disabilities would enjoy improvements to Dial-a-Ride services, such as later weekday service hours, later weekend service hours, and access to destinations like the Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor Public Library, the Ypsilanti District Library, Meijer (Carpenter Road), Kroger (Whittaker Road), Walmart, and Quality 16 Movie Theater.  Proposed service improvements on fixed routes include later weekday service on routes 1 – 18, 20, 22, and 33; more weekend service on routes 1 – 18, 20, and 22; and redesigned routes for more direct service on routes 9 – 12, 15, 18, 20, and 33.  

A summary of all comments will be provided to TheRide’s Board of Directors before a decision is made on adopting the improvements and a funding proposal.  

Meeting dates, times, and locations include:
Date Time Location
Thursday, 10/17 4:00pm – 6:00pm
(Before AAATA Board meeting)
Ann Arbor Library – Main Branch
343 S. 5th Ave., 4th Floor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tuesday, 10/22 7:00pm – 8:45pm Ann Arbor Library – Traverwood Branch
3333 Traverwood Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Wednesday, 10/23 6:30pm – 8:30pm Peace Neighborhood Center
1111 N. Maple Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Monday, 10/28 4:00pm – 6:00pm Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide)
2700 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tuesday, 10/29 11:30am – 1:00pm Michigan League, Vandenberg Room
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tuesday, 11/5 6:30pm – 8:30pm Ypsilanti Township Hall
7200 S. Huron River Dr.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Wednesday, 11/6 5:30pm – 7:30pm Tappan Middle School
2251 E. Stadium Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Thursday, 11/7 6:00pm – 8:00pm Clark Community Center
2025 E. Clark Rd., Room 201
Ypsilanti Township, MI 48197
Saturday, 11/9 10:00am – 12:00pm Hamilton Crossing Meeting Room
Heritage Park Neighborhood Association
596 Hamilton St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Tuesday, 11/12 6:00pm – 8:00pm Ann Arbor Library – Mallets Creek Branch
3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Wednesday, 11/13 11:30am – 1:00pm U-M Towsley Conference Center
Sheldon Auditorium
1301 Catherine Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Thursday, 11/14 10:00am – 12:00pm Ypsilanti Senior Center
1015 N. Congress St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Thursday, 11/14 7:00pm – 9:00pm SPARK – Ypsilanti Office
215 W. Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
In addition to the public meetings, residents are able to submit comments to TheRide between October 11 and November 15 by email, phone, and mail:

Email: (subject line should read “Service Proposals”)
Phone: 734.794.1880
Mail: TheRide Service Proposals
2700 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Copies of maps and timetables for the Five-Year Transit Improvement Program can be found at  Copies are also available in alternative formats upon request.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) was chartered in 1969 by the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a not-for-profit unit of government. TheRide operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas, enabling residents to reach their destinations at a reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. For more information, please visit

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