For immediate release
September 20, 2011
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
2700 South Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
734.973.6500; 734.973.6338F; www.theride.org
Mary K. Stasiak, Mgr. Community Relations
TheRide proposes increased transit service
between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide) is seeking public comment on proposed service changes that are designed to improve transit service between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti on the #4 Washtenaw route.
Public comment will be gathered on a plan to double the number of weekday trips that operate on Route 4, primarily along Washtenaw Avenue, between the Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.
TheRide’s Manager of Service Development, Chris White, said that the proposed service improvement is intended to accomplish:
- More frequent service east of US 23, where most of the current demand originates
- More reliable service (better on-time performance)
- Less crowded trips
- More direct and faster service to and from U-M Central Campus and the Blake Transit Center on every other trip – seven minutes less than the current schedule
Current service on Route 4 operates between the two cities every 30 minutes mid-day and every 15 minutes during morning and afternoon peak service hours. Additional peak trips also operate between the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Ann Arbor city limits at US 23.
Ridership on Route 4 has the highest ridership among all of TheRide routes. More than 800,000 trips are taken per year and more than 3,000 trips on an average weekday on Route 4.
White added, “Increased service frequency along Washtenaw Avenue has been needed for some time, but funds have not been available for service expansion outside of Ann Arbor. The new funds in Ypsilanti dedicated to transit service and preparations to jump start the countywide Transit Master Plan implementation have enabled TheRide to propose this long awaited service improvement.”
The service plan proposal includes:
- Mid-day – four trips per hour in each direction (service every 15 minutes)
- Peak Hours – eight trips per hour in each direction (service every 7.5 minutes on average)
- Peak Hours – Discontinue service on trips which operate only between U-M Medical Center and US 23
- Mid-day and Peak Hours – Every other trip to provide service to U-M Medical Center. Remaining trips to provide service directly to the Central Campus Transit Center
Public comments may also be submitted to TheRide between September 23 and October 22 by:
· Email – aatainfo@TheRide.org (put “Service Improvement” in subject line)
· Telephone – TheRide Hotline at 734.794.1880
· Fax – 734.973.6338 (put “Service Expansion” in subject line)
· Mail – AATA Service Improvement, 2700 S. Industrial Hwy., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
- Attendance at a public drop-in session – these are scheduled for:
Thursday, October 6, 5-7 p.m.
Glencoe Hills Apartments, Clubhouse, 2201 Glencoe Hills Drive, Pittsfield Township
Tuesday, October 11, 9-11 a.m.
University Hospital, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, Classroom #2C108,
across from the Gift Shop and Cashier’s Office
Tuesday, October 11, 1-3 p.m.
Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., Wolverine Room AB, Ann Arbor
Wednesday, October 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Dom Bakeries, 1305 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti
Tuesday, October 18, 5-7 p.m.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, downtown Ann Arbor
At each public drop-in session, there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposed service improvements individually with TheRide staff members.
The facilities are accessible, and reasonable accommodation to permit persons with disabilities to participate will be made if requested at least two days in advance at 734.973.6500. Two-week notice is required for interpreter service for persons with hearing impairments.
Copies of maps and timetables for the proposed changes will be available at the AATA website, www.TheRide.org, or by contacting TheRide by one of the methods listed above. Copies are available in alternative formats upon request.
A copy of all written comments and a summary of verbal comments will be provided to the AATA Board of Directors before a decision is made on adopting the proposed changes. The board will consider the service improvements at its November 16 meeting. If the final recommendations are approved, the route changes would go into effect on Sunday, January 29, 2011.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide) was chartered in 1969 by the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a not-for-profit unit of government. AATA 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 www.TheRide.org.
TheRide’s Board of Directors has endorsed a 30-year Transit Master Plan for Washtenaw County. Updates on the progress of the plan are available at www.MovingYouForward.org.
E-mail and text message updates on bus routes, schedules, detours and other news from TheRide are available by free subscription to MyRide at www.TheRide.org.