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Michael Ford
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford has been chosen to lead the Regional Transit Authority.  According to tweets from Transit Riders United and others, The RTA board reportedly voted in a unanimous decision for Ford Wednesday.

Commuter Challenge
Commuter Challenge

Over 75-thousand miles of alternative commuting have already been logged by more than 200 teams participating in the Commuter Challenge.  


Michael Ford
Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

Crain's Detroit Business is reporting the head of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is one of three finalists to become CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.  

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.


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Members of Better Transit Now say defeating next week’s transit millage is the first step towards improving Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service. 

Former AATA board member Ted Annis believes it will take time and likely require Ann Arbor City Council changing the make-up of the authority’s board.  Annis thinks a drive for more efficient service likely will require a shake-up at the AAATA.


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The Presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College have thrown their support behind a transit millage that'll be decided by voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township next month.

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About 150 people packed the downtown Ann Arbor Library’s multi-purpose room to find out more about the proposed point-seven mill transit tax last night.  Supporters of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority millage appeared to outnumber critics at the League of Women Voters forum. 

    

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With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors.  As Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support. 

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A proposed point-seven mill tax to increase Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service is the only issue on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  To save the A-A-A-T-A some money Ypsilanti Township officials will be combining several precincts to limit the number of poll workers needed.

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While work is still underway, The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opened the new Blake Transit Center today.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority officials hope to begin making service upgrades in August.  That’s if voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township pass a .7 mill tax that will be on the May ballot. 

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority board will vote next week on a proposal to place a point-seven mill tax question on the May 6th ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township. 

The new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor is likely a month from opening.  

 Even when the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority opens the building buses will continue to load passengers in temporary locations until spring.  That's because the driveway for the buses won't be completed until then. 

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Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says he looks forward to residents of his city enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit options outlined in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's transit improvement plan. 

Schreiber says improved public transportation will benefit both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

The Mayor says better bus service will help those who live in Ypsilanti and work in Ann Arbor, and will help the economies of both cities.

Schreiber says the local business infrastructure will also be a beneficiary of better transit.

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With two new member communities and a name change, 2013 was a big year for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.   

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will have reduced service for much of the next two weeks.  

Community members at a meeting on proposed sites for a downtown Ann Arbor WALLY commuter rail station supported the service coming to downtown Ann Arbor, the use of a minimal station, and for it to be located at 415 West Washington.  Many of the people at last night's meeting however continue to have questions about the overall funding and operations of the proposed commuter rail between Howell and Ann Arbor. 

Neal Billetdeaux is a landscape architect with Smith Group JJR.  He says the 415 West Washington scored highest of six possible locations because of several factors.  This includes the fact the property is owned by the city, was closest to the core of downtown, and has track at grade level on a portion of the site.

Challenges with the curvature of the track and other issues where the proposed WALLY and East-West Commuter rail lines cross make it unlikely that site could serve as a single station serving both lines and Amtrak.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority expects to complete work on the new Blake Transit Center in late January. 

CEO Michael Ford says they will talk with Dennis Dahlmann who is buying the former YMCA site next to the transit center.  Ford says hopefully the development and the Transit Center can be mutually beneficial.   Ford says they will also have discussions about portable trailers that are on the Y-Lot as a temporary operations hub for the transit center during construction.

Ford says only about 30,000 dollars remain in the contingency fund but hopefully the project will come in on budget.


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A comparison to peer public transit organizations finds the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's cost per passenger trip is about 17 percent below the median cost of similar organizations.  The lower cost is thanks to The Ride having about 50% more passenger trips per service hour, and despite a higher cost per service hour than the median of their peers. 

The study looked at 20 transit authorities selected through a methodology developed for the National Transit Cooperative Research Program.  It included Lansing and Kalamazoo.

Chair of the AAATA board Charles Griffith says the study is done every few years and the information will be useful as service expansion is contemplated.  Griffith says the board is now asking staff to dig deeper into the report and find areas The Ride can do better.


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If you want to have your opinion heard on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year transit improvement plan, you're running out of time. 

Spokesperson Don Kline says a series of public meetings on the subject hosted by The Ride is drawing to a close.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday from 11:30am to 1pm at the University of Michigan's Towsley Center Sheldon Auditorium. There's also a meeting Thursday from 10am to noon at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.

Comments gathered during the process will be summarized for a report to the AAATA board. 

If you can't make any of the meetings, you can review The Ride's plan online at MovingYouForward.org and email your thoughts by Friday to TellUs@TheRide.org.

The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance

Nov 4, 2013
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings. 

Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.  The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.

There are several public meetings planned.  Find the meeting schedule at MovingYouForward.org.

Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

Sep 9, 2013
Bob Eccles

The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is making changes to its Night Ride Service. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, it's a response to a sharp increase in ridership over the last 18-months.

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