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TheRide receives grant from SEMCOG for expanding its bus service

TheRide bus
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority
TheRide bus

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, is getting a boost in funding for its proposed Washtenaw Avenue Express Bus Service.

The organization has been awarded $2.1 million for the project from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The service would run buses on Washtenaw Avenue with a limited number of stops between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor roughly every 30 minutes.

TheRide’s Manager of Community Relations,Mary Boonin, says the new service would be faster than the current regular route, and it would help reduce carbon emissions.

“It’s anticipated that it’s going to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 1,057 kg per day, the equivalent emissions of 84 typical cars on the road every day.”

Boonin says being awarded the grant funding also frees up more local funds for other transportation projects.

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Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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