Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
AATA theride.png
Slogan The Ride
Founded Chartered in 1969,[1] operating as early as 1976
Headquarters 2700 S. Industrial Hwy.,
Ann Arbor, MI
Service area Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
Service type bus service, paratransit, express bus
Destinations Briarwood Mall, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Comm College, Huron High School, U of M Hospital, Downtown Ypsilanti, Downtown Ann Arbor.
Stations Blake Transit Center, 328 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor
Ypsilanti Transit Center, 220 Pearl Street, Ypsilanti
Daily ridership 24,900 (2014)[2]
Fuel type B12
Operator Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Chief executive Matt Carpenter[3]
An AAATA bus, with the blue-roofed Blake Transit Center in the background
AAATA 25th anniversary token

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA), which brands itself as "TheRide," is the public transit system serving the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan, area.


The authority mainly operates fixed-route bus service within its service area. It also operates the ARide paratransit system, University of Michigan-sponsored ExpressRide commuter buses to Canton and Chelsea, and ArtFairRide and FootballRide event shuttles. It oversees the iShareARide and VanRide carpooling services. TheRide operates transit centers in downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, as well as a number of park and ride facilities in the Ann Arbor area. The AAATA is also the designated authority for the planned Ann Arbor-Howell commuter rail line.[4]

The AAATA was the first transit authority in the United States to operate low-floor buses when, in early 1993, they took delivery of ten New Flyer D40LF buses. In terms of operation, only two Canadian authorities and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operated such buses prior to the AAATA. The AAATA has 55 hybrid electric buses in its fleet of 92[5] and is the first public transit operator in the Midwest to state its intention to convert to all hybrid electric buses.[6]

In August 2013, the AAATA Board voted to change the agency's name from the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.[7] The name change reflects the addition of neighboring Ypsilanti to the agency board and the growing focus on regional services within Washtenaw County's urban core. In December 2013, the Ann Arbor City Council approved adding Ypsilanti Township as a charter member of the AAATA.

In November 2012, the AATA broke ground on the new Blake Transit Center, at a cost of $8.1 million.[8] The new 2-story, 12,019-square-foot downtown transit hub replaced a one-story structure built at the site at 328 South Fifth Avenue in the 1980s. The new Blake Transit Center was officially opened for use on July 7, 2014.[9]


AAATA uses a fixed-fare system. Full fare on fixed-route buses is $1.50, payable by cash or tokens. University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff with a valid yellow Mcard ride for free. Reduced cash fares and discounted passes and tokens are also available, with children under 6 and TheRide employees riding for free. 1-day and 30-day unlimited-ride passes are available for $4.50 and $58 respectively.[10]

Transfers are free, and are valid for unlimited connections to fixed-route buses for 90 minutes. They are not valid for return trips on the same route, event shuttles, or AirRide. Using a transfer on an ExpressRide bus reduces the fare by $1.50 to $4.75.

The fare for the ExpressRide Canton and Chelsea is $6.25, payable by only cash. 30-day ExpressRide commuter passes and 10-ride tickets are available at discounts.

FootballRide and ArtFairRide shuttles have the same $1.50 fare as normal service. Passes and transfers are not accepted, and reduced fares are not available.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority operates the 787 AirRide line in cooperation with the Michigan Flyer coach service, which runs an express route between downtown Ann Arbor and the McNamara and North terminals of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Wayne County. Fares are $12.00 for standard adults with reservation, $15.00 per walk-on, and $6.00 for the elderly or disabled. Children under 18 are allowed on free with a paying adult, during round trips.[11]


  • 3 Huron River
  • 4A/B Washtenaw
  • 5A/B/C/D Packard
  • 6A/B/C Ellsworth
  • 21 Amtrak Station – Depot Street
  • 22 Pontiac – Dhu Varren
  • 23A/B/C Plymouth
  • 24 South Main – East
  • 25 Ann Arbor-Saline Road
  • 26 Scio Church – West Stadium
  • 27 West Stadium – Oak Valley
  • 28A/B Pauline
  • 29 Liberty
  • 30 Jackson
  • 31 Dexter
  • 32 Miller – Maple
  • 33 Newport
  • 41 EMU College of Business
  • 42 Forest – MacArthur
  • 43 East Michigan Avenue
  • 44 Ecourse – Tyler
  • 45 Grove
  • 46 Huron – Textile
  • 47 Harriet – West Michigan
  • 60 U-M Dexter
  • 61 Airport – Avis Farms
  • 62 U-M State
  • 63 U-M Pontiac
  • 64 Geddes – East Stadium
  • 65 U-M Downtown – Green
  • 66 Carpenter – Hurn Parkway
  • 67 Platt – Michigan Avenue
  • 68 Harris – Ford
  • 91 ExpressRide: Canton
  • 92 ExpressRide: Chelsea
  • 98 AirRide (Detroit Metro Airport Shuttle)

The AAATA ran a free Link Bus connecting central campus and downtown during the U-M school year until 20 August 2009.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. Retrieved 2009-11-28.  AATA FAQ page
  2. ^ "Fourth Quarter & End-of-Year 2014" (PDF). Public Transportation Ridership Report. American Public Transportation Association. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Executive Staff | Leadership | About Us | AATA - Ann Arbor Transportation Authority". Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Shea, Bill (2008-10-29). "Ann Arbor-Howell commuter rail line chugs ahead; authority named". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Fleet Info". Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "AATA Goes Hybrid". Arbor Update—Ann Arbor Area Community News. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Just Say The Ride". Ann Arbor Chronicle. August 15, 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Stanton, Ryan J. (19 November 2012). "AATA breaks ground on $8.1M new and improved Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor". MLive Media Group. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Kline, Don. "Grand opening ceremony celebrates AAATA's new and improved downtown Blake Transit Center". Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "Fixed Route Fares". Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "My Air Ride". Michigan Flyer. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Fares". Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "The Link" (PDF). Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Reed, Tina (8 August 2009). "Downtown Ann Arbor Link bus service not expected to resume". News. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 

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