public transportation

The Ride

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as The Ride, has issued a statement reminding people using public transportation they are still required to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.

Alison Petersen
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Washtenaw County residents aged 50 and over may not get out and about as easily as younger folks.  It can be even harder for those with less financial means.  A new pilot program called "AARP Ride@50+" was developed to make public transit more accesible, and its community development manager, Alison Petersen, joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the program and what it has, so far, achieved. 


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It was just over a year ago that residents of Michigan were told to “stay home...stay safe” by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, otherwise referred to as “lockdown” by some people due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford to find out what impact that has had on the city and what else has been going on in City Hall as work continues, despite the global health crisis.


TheRide

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.  


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is moving forward with plans to increase housing density along transit corridors.  


Ridership At TheRide Remains Low During COVID-19

Oct 2, 2020
TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, says ridership remains low during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

TheRide

The Motor City Freedom Riders group has launched a symbolic petition asking the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, to postpone collecting bus fares during COVID-19.  

TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is urging businesses and major institutions, like universities, to help flatten the rush-hour curve as they reopen after the pandemic closures. 


TheRide
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Many aspects of daily life have been dramatically changed due to COVID-19, and public transportation is certainly no exception.  Although services like the Ann Arbor Area Transportion Authority (AAATA) promote a cleaner environment, they still have financial obligations and public health matters to consider.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," AAATA CEO Matt Carpenter explains how his organization and other forms of public transit in Michigan are adapting to the pandemic in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.


Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor has always championed public transportation, due to its benefits for the environment.  But certain standards still must be met.   In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Eli Cooper, Transportation Manager for the City of Ann Arbor, about an environmental assessment report on a proposed train depot for Ann Arbor.


Ann Arbor
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As you start making plans to attend the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair that starts today and runs through Sunday, you may want to keep in mind what your transportation options are.  


RTA
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This November, there will a new public transit plan on the ballot, which, if passed, could impact the environment.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Elizabeth Gerber, who represents Washtenaw County on the Regional Transit Authority's Board of Directors, about the new public transit millage.


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A public forum was held at Eastern Michigan University's College of Business to get input on a new mass transit system that will be developed by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.


Simple and easy resolutions for 2015 to make your home, community and yourself a better environmental steward. In this week's 'Issues of the Environment', David Fair talks with Ecology center Environmental Coordinator MacKenzie Maxwell about simple simple and inexpensive steps for better sustainability. 


Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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As lawmakers in Lansing debate how to fix the state's roads, a casualty could be plans to expand public transit options in Washtenaw County. 

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority plans to increase service by 44 percent over the next five years, thanks largely to the transit millage approved by voters this year. Those plans could be in jeopardy if the road funding plan approved by the house goes forward. It would cost the AAATA nearly $2 million annually.

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority continues construction of the new Blake Transit Center, with much of the brick and stonework up on the south-side of the building.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley toured the facility and has this report:

    


The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb  counties, now has a CEO.  The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.


The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.


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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.

The status and future of public transportation in Washtenaw County is the topic of this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.  Our guest is Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Chair Yousef Rabhi.