Despite Financial Loss In 2020 Because Of The Pandemic, TheRide Will Not Cut Services

Jan 7, 2021

While the pandemic had a major financial impact in 2020 on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, service will not be cut this year.  


TheRide collected $3.6 million in fare revenue in 2020, compared to $6.8 million in 2019.  However, TheRide received over $20 million in federal COVID-19 funding last year to help cover operational costs during the pandemic.  John Metzinger is the deputy CEO of finance and administration for TheRide and says they’re currently operating at 60% of their capacity.

John Metzinger: And we’re planning to restore services to near 100% of our service level by August 2021.  Although the fixed-route bus network may not operate exactly as it did before the pandemic due to change in customer demands.

Metzinger says TheRide is concerned about the long-term impact the pandemic could have on its future budgets if state revenue sharing for transit decreases because of COVID-19.

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