The Ann Arbor and U-M parking systems explained.

Parking Violations

The fine for an expired city meter is $15 if paid before the end of the next business day, $25 within 14 days, $60 within 30 days, and $70 after 30 days. The fine for unauthorized parking in a disabled parking space is $115. The fine for violating city snow-removal parking restrictions is $115. Fines for most other parking violations are $35-$50 if paid within 14 days. All fines increase after 14 and 30 days. Other penalties may include default fees or impoundment charges if your vehicle is towed.

Parking tickets can be paid in 5 ways: online at (credit card only; fee of $2.95 or 3%, whichever is greater); by phone at (866) 890-4982 (same fee as online); in person at the Customer Service Center, City Hall, 301 E. Huron, weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; at drop boxes inside the city hall (301 E. Huron; box is at the north/Ann St. entrance) or across from the city hall at 300 E. Ann and S. Fifth intersection (drive-by 24-hour access); or by mail, addressed to City of Ann Arbor Processing Center, P.O. Box 2066, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (check or money order only). Postmarks are accepted as evidence of timely payment.

Parking tickets can be contested in 2 ways: online at (see form on webpage); or in writing to the Parking Referee, 301 E. Huron, P.O. Box 8647, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 (provide a license plate number; the date, time, and location of incident; ticket number; and reason for appeal). To hear this information in detail, call the Parking Referee information line at (734) 794-6549.

Accessible & Senior Services

(734) 973-6500

328 S. Fifth Ave., Blake Transit Center

AAATA provides a shared, reservation-based ride service for disabled people (A-Ride) and free regular service for people ages 65 and above, recently expanded to Ypsilanti (GoldRide). Valid A-Ride or GoldRide I.D. or required; applications available at GroceryRide provides weekly trips from several senior housing communities in Ann Arbor to local grocery stores for $1.50 total. Buses can accommodate wheelchairs or scooters.

Ann Arbor Airport (City of Ann Arbor)

801 Airport, State & Ellsworth

(734) 994-2841

Corporate and private flights, air ambulance service, flight instruction, aircraft fuel, and aircraft maintenance. Charter flights provided by Flagship Private Air (929-1477). No commercial passenger service. Car rental by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and National Rental (all can be reached at 769-1144). Terminal bldg. open daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; summer, 7 a.m.-9 p.m., (click Departments, then Airport).

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide)

(734) 996-0400

2700 South Industrial

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’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 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 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 or call (734) 528-5432 to reserve a trip.


Bicyclists must follow the same laws as motorized vehicles when riding on the street, including riding with the direction of traffic, coming to complete stops at all stop signs and red lights, and using a white headlight and red rear reflector half an hour before sunrise and after sunset. When riding on the sidewalk, bicyclists must yield to pedestrians and provide audible warning or use an audible signal device such as a horn or bell to warn pedestrians of their presence. TheRide fixed-route buses have exterior bike racks that accommodate 2 bikes at no extra charge.

Ann Arbor has 79 miles of on-road bike lanes, 12 miles of shared-roads, and 57.5 miles of shared road paths. The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority has installed 3 two-way protected bikeways in downtown Ann Arbor on William St., First St, and Division St. The final leg of this connected network, Miller Rd./Catherine Street, will be completed in fall 2022. There are more than 1,000 bike parking spaces downtown, including seasonal on-street bike racks and bike lockers. For maps of city and county bike routes, see

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (see Commuting Alternatives in this section) rents secured bike lockers for commuters at five downtown locations for $60/year. For commuters, space in secured bike houses at the Maynard and Ann/Ashley parking structures is $75/year or $10/month. (734) 994-6697,

Common Cycle, 416 W. Huron, #11, is a community-based organization empowering Ann Arbor to ride bicycles by providing access to education, tools, and other resources. Volunteer mechanics teach and assist with repairs, from fixing a flat to overhauling a headset. Programs include public hours, maintenance courses, a femme/trans/women program, and supporting underserved communities through bike distribution. See website for hours and volunteer opportunities:,

D2A2 Detroit - Ann Arbor Service

(517) 333-0400

Express bus service connecting Ann Arbor and Detroit. Offered by the Regional Transport Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA). Buses approximately every hour between 6 a.m.-midnight on Mon.-Fri., limited service Sat.-Sun., and no service on some holidays. See detailed schedule and track buses on website. One-way fares: $8 base fare, $6 online booking discount, $100 for a book of 20 tickets, and $4 eligible senior/disability fare.,

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW)

General information (daily 24-hour automated assistance; personal assistance Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.): (734) 247-7678

Parking information: (800) 642-1978

Nonemergency airport police: (734) 942-2222


Detroit Metro (DTW) is south of I-94 at exit 198 (Merriman Rd.), about 25 miles east of Ann Arbor. An alternate route to the McNamara Terminal is I-94 east to I-275 south and then to exit 15 (Eureka Rd.). For drivers meeting arriving flights, “cell phone lots” are located on the East Service Dr. and Eureka.

DTW offers short- and long-term long-term parking. Short-term: $4-32 at both McNamara Terminal parking structure and Big Blue Deck parking structure; 24 hour max. Long-term: McNamara parking structure $26/day, Big Blue Deck $18/day, Green Lots $15/day. Both the McNamara and Big Blue lots have electric car charging stations at no extra cost, and all three lots have free 24-hour shuttle service to terminals and disabled parking spots. Valet parking available at McNamara parking structure. Call (800) 642-1978 for the most up-to-date information.

Private parking lots with approximately 25,000 spaces are north of I-94 along Merriman Rd. Lots offer 24-hour shuttle service to terminals and charging stations for electric cars. These lots cost $11-$14/day, and offer discounts for AAA and booking online at least 24 hours in advance. Coupons available online. Contact Airlines Parking, (800) 300-9069,; Park-N-Go, (734) 729-3999,; Qwik Park, (888) 844-7275,; or U.S. Park (800) 447-7275,

Airport Transportation

Door-to-door transportation to Metro Airport is available 24 hours a day at a flat rate. Rates below are for trips from Ann Arbor to the airport. Pickups at airport typically cost more.

A2 Area Metro Ride. (734) 709-1204. Offers door-to-door transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport & Ann Arbor. Flat Rate $55. Cash only. Advance reservation advised.,

Accent Airport Transportation. (734) 678-8090. Flat rate to or from airport $55. Daily 24 hours.,

Airport One Transportation (248) 805-7800. Flat rate to or from airport $45/one person and $47/two; shared and custom rides also available. Daily 24 hours. Book online.,

AirRide (517) 333-0400. Partnership between TheRide and Michigan Flyer. $12/person one-way with advance reservation online. $15/person one-way, $3-5 more if bought in-person (credit card only). Discounts available for youth accompanied by parents. Bathrooms and outlets on board. Stops at Blake Transit Center (parking at the Fourth and William structure across the street, $2/day, 2-week limit); and the McNamara Ground Transportation Center and North Terminal Ground Transportation Center at DTW. Advanced reservations recommended; call for reservations ($5 fee) or book online.

Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle (734) 699-8500. 24-hour door-to-door shuttle transportation throughout U-M campus, Ann Arbor, and neighboring cities. One-way rates starting at $32 for one passenger. Group discounts available. Call, email, or visit website for reservations.,

Lisa’s Sedan Service (734) 778-5210. Daily 24-hour service for up to six passengers. Starting at $59 one-way to airport. Cancel up to 24 hours in advance. Reserve online.

Metro Cab (734) 997-6500. Offers 24/7/365 service to/from DTW and around downtown Ann Arbor. Airport pickup available at Metro Cab kiosks located in the McNamera and North terminals. Call or book your trip online.

Metro Cars (800) 456-1701. Approximately $91 for up to 6 passengers between Ann Arbor-DTW; see website for larger group rates. Daily 24 hours. 24-hour advance notice preferred. Reserve through app or website. Smart phone app: MetroCars.

Stadium Transport (734) 695-0800. Sedans and vans $49 from Ann Arbor to airport. Reserve online or call at least 12 hours in advance. Taxi service for U-M and Ann Arbor also.,


325 Depot (Ann Arbor stop)

Round-trip and one-way services between Ann Arbor and several cities including Detroit, Kalamazoo, and Chicago. German-owned company enabling intercity bus services in cooperation with regional bus companies throughout the U.S. and Europe. Outlets and free WiFi on buses. Schedule and track bus through website or app.


(734) 219-6596

328 S. Fifth (in the Blake Transit Center)

A program of TheRide in partnership with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the City of Ann Arbor. Supports downtown employers in managing their employees’ commuting needs, including go!passes, carpool and vanpool options, Park and Ride, walking and biking information, individual assistance, the Conquer the Cold event every January, and the Commuter Challenge every May.,


(734) 662-5212

325 Depot

Bus station and ticket office located at 325 Depot (same location as Amtrak station). Station and office open daily, including holidays, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4-9:30 p.m. Takes credit or debit only; no cash.

Provides bus service throughout the United States and Canada. Power outlets and free WiFi on buses. Call or check website for schedules. As of June 2021, nonrefundable one-way economy to Detroit from $9 online; nonrefundable one-way economy to Chicago from $25 online. Bus tracker available on website.