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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide)

2700 South Industrial [map]
(734) 996-0400

TheRide provides public transportation to the greater Ann Arbor - Ypsilanti area. All of TheRide's buses are accessible to persons with disabilities. Each is equipped with a ramp and accommodates 2 wheelchair users; there is also a bike rack in front that can carry 2 bicycles. For real-time information on bus locations, routes, schedules, and discount fares, visit theride.org

During Covid-19: TheRide is operating on a temporary reduced schedule. Face coverings are required to ride, if medically able. For the most up to date information, visit TheRide.org

TheRide's main office is at 2700 S. Industrial Hwy. (734) 973-6500. Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The central boarding point in Ann Arbor is the Blake Transit Center, 328 S. Fifth. Customer service window open Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. noon-5:30 p.m. Lobby open Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-12:00 a.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The central boarding point in Ypsilanti is the Ypsilanti Transit Center, 220 Pearl St. Lobby open Mon. - Fri. 6 a.m. - 11:15 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. and Sun. 8 a.m. - 6:45 p.m. For MyAlerts for changes to TheRide bus service, and detours/delays, sign up at theride.org. Service hours for most routes are Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-10:45 p.m., and Sun. 8:15 a.m.-7:15 p.m.

Fare is $1.50 for fixed-route bus service. Transfers are free and valid for 90 minutes. Students in grades K-12 ride for $.75. Children age 5 & under ride free.

The MRide program allows U-M faculty, staff, and students with a valid yellow MCard to ride regularly scheduled buses at no charge.

Thirty-day unlimited-ride passes ($58, $29 for K-12 students and Fare Deal cardholders) can be purchased online, at the Blake Transit Center, TheRide's main office, Michigan Union, and these Bank of Ann Arbor locations: 125 S. Fifth, Traver Village on Plymouth, 801 W. Ellsworth, 2240 W. Stadium, and 7 W. Michigan in Ypsilanti.

Fare Deal cards are for people ages 60-64, people with a Medicare or Medicaid card, or certification through an authorized agency. Fare Deal cardholders ride for $.75. GoldRide cards are for people age 65 & older and allow the card holder to ride fixed-routes free of charge. The MRide program allows U-M faculty, staff, and students with a valid yellow MCard to ride regularly scheduled buses at no charge. FlexRide on-demand service provides connections to TheRide's fixed-route bus system and to other destinations. Call (734) 794-0377 or visit myflexride.org to make a reservation. Many downtown Ann Arbor businesses also offer the go!pass to their employees; this card enables employees to board fixed-route service at no cost.

Free Park & Ride lots are at Plymouth and U.S. 23, Green near Baxter, Pioneer High School, Miller at M-14, and State north of Eisenhower, State, and Pearl in Ypsilanti (which requires a free-to-obtain hang-tag). From these lots, buses run downtown and to U-M campuses. Shared-use Park & Ride spaces can be found at Meijer (3825 Carpenter, Ypsilanti), and the Washtenaw County Service Center (4125 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor).

A-Ride: This is a shared-ride service and is available for people who are eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and whose disability prevents them from riding the regular fixed route buses. Service is provided in lift equipped vehicles. A-Ride card holders can also ride fixed-routes service at no cost.

GroceryRide: (734) 973-6500. Provides weekly group trips, $.75 each way, to grocery stores from select senior housing complexes in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Free Park & Ride lots are at Plymouth and U.S. 23, Green near Baxter, Pioneer High School, Miller at M-14, and State north of Eisenhower, and Pearl in Ypsilanti (which requires a free-to-obtain hang-tag). From these lots, buses serve downtown and U-M campuses. Shared-use Park & Ride spaces can be found at Meijer (3825 Carpenter, Ypsilanti), and the Washtenaw County Service Center (4125 Washtenaw, Ann Arbor).

NightRide and HolidayRide: Provides a shared-ride service when TheRide's fixed-route service is not operating. Visit TheRide.org or call (734) 528-5432 to reserve a trip.

ExpressRide: TheRide operates a weekday commuter bus service between Chelsea and Ann Arbor and Canton and Ann Arbor. Fares: $125/month, in advance. A 10-ride ticket is available for $62.50, or riders can pay $6.25 cash per ride. ExpressRide 30-day passes can be purchased at the Blake Transit Center, TheRide's main office, the U-M parking office at 523 S. Division, the University Hospital cashier's office on the 2nd floor, or any Bank of Ann Arbor location. Discounted 30-day passes available to eligible riders. Details on stops in Ann Arbor, times, and schedules at theride.org. In the event of an emergency, TheRide will reimburse ExpressRide Commuter pass holders for a cab ride back to Chelsea or Canton.

On U-M football game days, FootballRide (myfootballride.org) offers service from area hotels, parking lots and restaurants to Michigan Stadium During the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July, Art Fair shuttles run from Briarwood Mall to 2 stops near the fairs.

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D2A2 Detroit - Ann Arbor Service


(517) 333-0400

During Covid-19: Service suspended. Commuter service offered by the Regional Transport Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA). Hourly trips between 6 a.m.-11 p.m. weekdays and limited service on weekends. One-way fares for this service are $8 base fare, $6 advanced booking discount, $50 for a book of 10 tickets and $4 eligible senior/disability fare. rtamichigan.org/introducing-d2a2


Greyhound

325 Depot (Amtrak Station) [map]
(734) 662-5212

Greyhound busses share Ann Arbor's Amtrak station, which also handles ticket sales. Office open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-11:30 p.m. Greyhound provides service throughout the United States and to some locations in Canada. Call or check website for schedules. As of July 2020, nonrefundable one-way economy to Detroit: $9-$17 online; nonrefundable one-way economy to Chicago: $23-$39 online. Bus Tracker, rewards, and app available online. greyhound.com, (click on Book a Trip, then Find a Bus Stop)


Megabus

900 Briarwood Cir. (Briarwood Mall lot) [map]
(877) 462-6342

During Covid-19: Some routes suspended. Routes to Chicago and Toledo. Bus stop in Briarwood Mall parking lot, pole #15, near the Sears Auto Center. Single- and double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi. Ticket prices vary, increasing as bus seats fill up. Call for reservations or book online at megabus.com


U-M Buses


(734) 764-7475

All route service is free to the public; no pass required. Operates 13 campus and Health System routes in the fall and winter terms; 9 routes in the spring and summer terms. For route service hours, see website. ltp.umich.edu


Western Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE)


(734) 475-9494

Operates the Community Connector West, a fixed route Chelsea-Dexter-Ann Arbor bus that operates 7 days per week (except holidays). Ann Arbor is stop AAATA #30 at the Zeeb Meijer. Also picks up/drops off at Sunward, Great Oak , and Touchstone Cohousing and Lakestone Apartments and UM West Health Center. The Community Connector East route along the Jackson Rd. corridor traveling between Thornton Farms and Parkland Plaza then linking with AAATA at Zeeb Rd. Meijer. This route also provides call-ahead reserved ride route deviation services daily. (734-475-9494) Mon.-Fri. 6:09 a.m.-7:09 p.m.; Sat. 7:09 a.m.-7:09 p.m.; Sun. 8:09 a.m.-7:09 p.m. Schedules at ridethewavebus.org. Fares: Chelsea-Ann Arbor $3; Half price for seniors ages 65 & over, persons with disabilities, students with I.D., and AAATA Fare Deal card holders. Personal-care attendants and children 4 & under with parents ride free. Also provides group trip and community shuttle services for qualifying groups at $75/hr., and reserved medical LifeLine Van transport on weekdays at $20/one way, half price for seniors. wwaveadministration@comcast.net, ridethewavebus.org




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