Free parking and convenient, affordable shuttle services for visitors to the Ann Arbor Art Fairs will be operated from two locations by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (TheRide) from July 18–21.
TheRide’s ArtFairRide service offer passengers comfortable seating in climate-controlled buses, many of which are equipped with the latest in hybrid electric technology.
Free parking for the shuttle service is available near the Sears store at Briarwood Mall, located off State Street and Eisenhower Parkway, and at Pioneer High School, on Main Street near Stadium Boulevard.
TheRide will operate two separate shuttle routes from both the Briarwood and Pioneer High parking locations:
- The Main Street Shuttle route will drop riders off in downtown Ann Arbor at the shuttle bus stop located at Main and William Streets, adjacent to the Summer Art Fair.
- The South University Shuttle route will drop passengers off at the South University and State Street shuttle bus stop located between the South University Area Art Fair and the State Street Area Art Fair, and close to the Original Street Art Fair, the University of Michigan central campus and the Michigan Union.
ArtFairRide shuttle buses return to both Briarwood and Pioneer High from each boarding location at the fair.
The shuttles will run every 10 to 15 minutes from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The shuttle service fares are $1.50 each way for adults and $.75 each way for K-12 students and AATA Fare Deal cardholders. AATA Senior and A-Ride cardholders can ride for free, as well as children ages five and younger. Full- and half-fare tickets will be sold at ticket booths at both Briarwood and Pioneer High School during shuttle hours. The fares are the same as the fares on TheRide’s regular routes.
TheRide’s multi-ride bus passes, Mcards, Washtenaw Community College identification cards and go!passes are not valid for the Art Fair shuttle service.
Brochures containing maps of the shuttle routes, as well as Art Fair locations and other information, will be distributed at the shuttle boarding locations and Art Fair information booths.
TheRide’s shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible, and stroller areas are available on most buses. For details on TheRide’s stroller policy, visit www.TheRide.org or call 734.996.0400.
TheRide allows service animals, but not pets, on board the shuttle buses. For those passengers who have purchased artwork, the shuttles can handle reasonably sized packages, but riders should make other arrangements for oversized purchases.
Fairgoers may choose to use TheRide’s local bus routes to visit the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. TheRide’s bus stops are located within one quarter mile of 90 percent of homes in Ann Arbor. For information on using local bus routes to the fairs, visit www.TheRide.org or call 734.996.0400.
Detours of TheRide’s regular routes around the Art Fairs will be posted on TheRide’s web site.
For a map and further information on the Art Fairs, visit Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau - The Ann Arbor Art Fairs.