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Press Release

For Immediate Release

August 19, 2015
Contact
Don Kline, Integrated Marketing Coordinator
TheRide
(734) 794-1873
DKline@TheRide.org

 
TheRide Continues to Add More Service as Promised

Later Hours on Weekends, New Sunday Ypsilanti Service, New Pittsfield Township Route Start August 23

 
ANN ARBOR, MI – On Sunday, August 23, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) will again be implementing service improvements in the urban core of Washtenaw County. In August, 2014, TheRide began implementing its Five-Year Transit Improvement Program (FYTIP), and this August, those efforts will continue to provide riders in the greater Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas with more ways to connect with jobs, schools, medical appointments, recreation, and shopping.
 
“Having expanded routes means more opportunities for connecting with guests on their way to work,” said Bee Roll, owner of Beezy’s Café in downtown Ypsilanti. Jason Branham, owner/operator of MAIZ Mexican Cantina in Depot Town, noted that improved service will help his employees. “We have several employees who use the bus to come to work and who work late on Saturdays and Sundays. These employees and our business will benefit greatly from the new expanded bus service to Depot Town.”
 
The August, 2015 improvements include later weekend service on 17 routes, new Sunday service in Ypsilanti on three routes, and a brand new route; 67 Platt–Michigan Avenue, which will connect riders with Meijer on Carpenter Rd. and Walmart in Saline. Rene Greff, co-founder of Arbor Brewing Company, said “Expanded weekend service between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti is great news for workers, visitors, and businesses alike. It literally opens up employment opportunities for retail and restaurant workers who depend on the bus to get to and from work. It also allows visitors to enjoy a leisurely dinner downtown on Friday and Saturday nights.” TheRide’s A-Ride service for seniors and persons with disabilities will also have later service on weekends and its NightRide service will see changes to its service hours.
 
Complete list of August 2015 service improvements (also available on TheRideYourWay.org)
 
ROUTE 1: PONTIAC - DHU VARREN
From Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the Blake Transit Center (BTC) at 8:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m., 10:18 p.m.
  • SUNDAY trips to be extended to serve the entire length of the route, ending at U-M North Campus / Pierpont Commons at :45 minutes past the hour from 8:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. A NEW trip will leave the BTC at 7:18 p.m.
To Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave Pierpont Commons at 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
  • SUNDAY trips to be extended to serve the entire length of the route, beginning at U-M North Campus / Pierpont Commons at :45 minutes past the hour from 8:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.
 
ROUTE 2: PLYMOUTH
From Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • WEEKDAY MIDDAY service for 2C trips to be increased to every 30 minutes. NEW trips will leave the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC) at 9:31 a.m., 10:31 a.m., 11:31 a.m., 12:31 p.m., 1:31 p.m., 2:31 p.m.
  • NEW WEEKDAY EVENING 2C trip to be added, leaving the CCTC at 8:14 p.m.
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING 2B trips to be added, leaving the BTC at 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING 2B trip to be added, leaving the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
To Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • WEEKDAY MIDDAY SERVICE for 2C trips to be increased to every 30 minutes. NEW trips to leave Glacier Hills at 10:05 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:05 p.m., 3:05 p.m.
  • NEW WEEKDAY EVENING 2C trip to be added, leaving Glacier Hills at 7:45 p.m.
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING 2A trips to be added, leaving the Green Rd P&R lot at 7:13 p.m., 8:13 p.m., 9:13 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING 2A trip to be added, leaving the Green Rd Park & Ride lot at 6:13 p.m.
 
ROUTE 3: HURON RIVER
  • To improve on-time performance and increase reliability, trip running times between the Blake Transit Center and the Ypsilanti Transit Center will be increased from 45 to 60 minutes during weekday morning and afternoon peak hours. Frequency will continue to operate every 30 minutes between buses.
 
ROUTE 4: WASHTENAW
To Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the Ypsilanti Transit Center (YTC) at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the YTC at 6:30 p.m.
To Ypsilanti:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:18 p.m., 8:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m., 10:18 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
 
ROUTE 5: PACKARD
To Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the YTC at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave Meijer (Carpenter Rd) at 6:15 p.m.
To Ypsilanti/Meijer:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
 
ROUTE 6: ELLSWORTH
To Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING 6B trips to be added, leaving the YTC at 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
  • SUNDAY trips to be extended to serve the entire length of the route, starting at the YTC at :15 minutes past the hour from 8:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
To Ypsilanti/Meijer:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING 6A trips to be added, leaving the BTC at 6:48 p.m., 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m., 10:48 p.m.
  • SUNDAY trips to be extended to serve the entire length of the route, starting at the BTC at :18 minutes past the hour from 9:18 a.m. – 6:18 p.m.
 
ROUTE 7: S. MAIN - EAST
From Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:18 p.m., 8:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m., 10:18 p.m..
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:18 p.m.
To Downtown Ann Arbor:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave Washtenaw Community College (WCC) at 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave Washtenaw Ave & Huron Pkwy at 6:45 p.m.
 
ROUTE 8: PAULINE
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:18 p.m., 8:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m., 10:18 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 6:18 p.m. and 7:18 p.m.
 
ROUTE 9: JACKSON - DEXTER
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m., 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • ON SUNDAYS, all trips leaving the Blake Transit Center to be changed from :48 minutes past the hour to :18 minutes past the hour, with trips leaving hourly from 8:18 a.m. – 6:18 p.m.. Service to begin 30 minutes earlier with a new morning trip starting at Maple & Dexter at 7:55 a.m. and end 30 minutes later with the last trip leaving the Blake Transit Center at 6:18 p.m.
 
ROUTE 10: YPSILANTI - NORTHEAST
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the YTC at 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.
  • NEW HOURLY SUNDAY trips to leave the YTC at :15 minutes past the hour from 8:15 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
 
ROUTE 11: YPSILANTI – SOUTH
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the YTC at 8:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
  • NEW HOURLY SUNDAY trips to leave the YTC at :00 minutes past the hour from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 
ROUTE 12A: MILLER - LIBERTY
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
 
ROUTE 12B: LIBERTY - MILLER
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 8:18 p.m., 9:18 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 7:18 p.m.
 
ROUTE 14: GEDDES - E. STADIUM
  • NEW WEEKDAY trip to leave the Pioneer High School Park & Ride lot at 2:52 p.m. and end at Medford & Manchester at 3:02 p.m.
 
ROUTE 15: SCIO CHURCH - W. STADIUM
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
 
ROUTE 16: ANN ARBOR - SALINE RD
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 8:03 p.m., 9:03 p.m., 10:03 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 7:03 p.m.
 
ROUTE 17:  AMTRAK - DEPOT ST
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the BTC at 7:48 p.m., 8:48 p.m., 9:48 p.m.
  • NEW SUNDAY EVENING trip to leave the BTC at 6:48 p.m.
 
ROUTE 20: YPSILANTI: GROVE – ECORSE
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the YTC at 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
  • NEW HOURLY SUNDAY trips to leave the YTC at :30 minutes past the hour from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 
ROUTE 22: CONNECTOR
Northbound:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave Meijer (Carpenter Rd) at 7:25 p.m., 8:25 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:25 p.m.
Southbound:
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the Green Rd Park & Ride lot at 7:54 p.m., 8:54 p.m., 9:54 p.m.
 
ROUTE 33: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SHUTTLE
  • SEASONAL CHANGE: Service to resume on September 8, 2015 to run during the Eastern Michigan University fall and winter semesters.
 
ROUTE 36: WOLVERINE TOWER SHUTTLE
  • SEASONAL CHANGE: For the University of Michigan fall and winter semesters, service frequency to be increased to operate every 9-12 minutes mornings/afternoons and every 38 minutes evenings.
 
ROUTE 46: HURON – TEXTILE
  • WEEKDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON service to be increased to every 30 minutes with new trips leaving the YTC at :45 minutes past the hour from 6:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • WEEKDAY service to be extended to the Ann Arbor Preparatory High School on Hitchingham Rd on two trips at 7:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.
  • NEW SATURDAY EVENING trips to leave the YTC at 7:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m.
 
ROUTE 67: PLATT - MICHIGAN AVE
  • NEW ROUTE to connect the Meijer on Carpenter Rd to the WalMart on Michigan Ave near Saline with hourly service from 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
 
A-RIDE
  • Saturday service to be extended to end at 10:45 p.m.
  • Sunday service to be extended to end at 7:45 p.m.
 
NIGHTRIDE
  • Saturday service to be adjusted to begin at 11:00 p.m.; after the end of fixed-route bus service
  • Sunday service to be adjusted to begin at 8:00 p.m.; after the end of fixed-route bus service
 
The latest information on TheRide’s routes, schedules and detours is available at 734-996-0400 and on TheRide.org.


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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-Ypsilanti area, enabling the area’s residents to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. For more information, please visit TheRide.org.
 
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