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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide)


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, call (734) 996-0400 or 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 e-mail alerts or text messages on changes to AAATA 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.

Buses run along 34 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti routes including 2 express routes serving Chelsea and Canton. Aug. 2019 brought in two expanded Pittsfield Township routes. Another addition in Aug., FlexRide on-demand service provides connections to TheRide's fixed-route bus system and to other destinations. The service covers anywhere in Pittsfield Township from Ellsworth to Merritt and Lohr to Munger Rd with additional access to the Huron Valley Beauty Academy. Call (734) 794-0377. myflexride.org.

There is no GoldRide, A-Ride or regular bus service on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. Service ends early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Reduced service on some routes between Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Use HolidayRide taxi service on these days.

Fare is $1.50 for fixed-route bus service. Transfers are free and valid for 90 minutes but cannot be used to return on the same route. Children age 5 & under ride free. Students in grades K-12 ride for half fare.

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

TheRide offers 3 kinds of reduced fare cards. Apply at the main office, Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A-Ride cards are for people who are eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and whose disabilities prevent them from riding the regular buses. Specially-equipped vans provide service. GoldRide cards are for people age 65 & older. Fare Deal cards are for people ages 60-64, people with a Medicare or Medicaid card, or certification through an authorized agency. A-Ride and GoldRide cardholders ride fixed-route service free. Fare Deal cardholders and K-12 students ride for 75 cents. Many downtown Ann Arbor businesses also offer the go!pass to their employees; this card enables employees to board fixed-route service for free.

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.

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: Shared-ride program for A-Ride cardholders uses sedans or lift-equipped buses. For A-Ride, door-to-door service for any location within 3/4 miles of any fixed route; reservations up to a week in advance.

GoldRide provides service for seniors 65 & older within city limits, plus hospitals and other locations; reserve up to a week in advance. Advance reservations $3, same-day rides $4. Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.-10:45 p.m., and Sun. 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m.

GroceryRide: (734) 973-6500. Provides weekly group trips, 75 cents each way, to grocery stores from select senior housing complexes in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

NightRide: (734) 528-5432. Mon.-Fri. midnight.-6 a.m., Sat. 11 p.m.-7:30 a.m. & Sun. 8 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Shared-ride taxi service, open to all, uses either a lift-equipped van or a cab. Service within city limits and east to downtown Ypsilanti between Clark/E. Huron River on the north and Ellsworth/Michigan on the south. Trips must begin or end in the city of Ann Arbor. Request pickup by phone; response time is 20-45 minutes. Trips within Ann Arbor: $5/person. Senior, A-Ride, and go!Pass cardholders $2.50. Trips to/from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area: $7/person. theride.org

HolidayRide operates the same way as NightRide.

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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Detroit Connector


(517) 333-0400

Shuttle service connecting the U-M's Central Campus Transit Center to downtown and Midtown Detroit 7 days a week. Open to the public. Round trip $12. Schedule and reservations online. reservations@detroitconnector.com, detroitconnector.umich.edu


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 2019, nonrefundable one-way economy to Detroit: $9-$17 online; nonrefundable one-way economy to Chicago: $23-$30 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

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 umtransit@umich.edu, 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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