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Ann Arbor to Metro Bus Service

14. September 2007 • Juliew
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From an AATA press release sent today:

ANN ARBOR, MI – Low-cost connections to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Jackson and East Lansing will soon be available to local residents and visitors through the collaboration of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) and key local leaders with Michigan Flyer.

Michigan Flyer has announced that it will add an Ann Arbor stop to its Direct to Detroit Metro bus service beginning October 1, 2007. The bus will board passengers at the Four Points Sheraton, located at 3200 Boardwalk, with 11 daily round trips to and from Metro Airport and seven round trips to Jackson and East Lansing.

According to AATA Board Chair David Nacht, AATA has played a key role in making this service a reality.

“Michigan Flyer approached us to help them evaluate and determine possible boarding and overnight parking sites, and to connect with other important contacts in the community,” Nacht said.

“We are really excited about this opportunity for residents of our community and visitors to have a low-cost option to get to Detroit Metro Airport and the ability to travel from Ann Arbor to Jackson and Lansing.”

AATA has worked with Michigan Flyer in setting up an interim connection between AATA’s Route 36 – Wolverine Tower Shuttle and the Michigan Flyer service, and will continue to work toward establishing connections with additional AATA routes.

The direct to Detroit Metro service will be non-stop to and from the airport and will serve both the McNamara and Smith terminals.

The introductory rate from Ann Arbor to the airport will be $10 per person, and $15 per person to or from East Lansing, with a “Buy Two, Get One Free” promotion in effect through December.

Details on the service are available at www.MichiganFlyer.com or by calling 888.MI.FLYER.



  1. Finally.


       —Brandon    Sep. 14 '07 - 11:34PM    #
  2. Finally. I just think it’s lame it doesn’t go into town.


       —Brandon    Sep. 14 '07 - 11:35PM    #
  3. Yeah Brandon, my thoughts exactly. BUT, it is better than nothing and at least there is an AATA bus that will connect there from downtown.

    On another note, while Metro is definitely the big draw, the connection to Jackson and East Lansing shows at least a glimmer of regional transport.


       —Juliew    Sep. 15 '07 - 01:25AM    #
  4. The way this plan is currently set up allows Indian Trails to maintain reasonable trip times without altering the existing service in a major way. Going into downtown would add significant time to the trip, meaning less trips per day or a much higher cost per trip. Traveling to the Briarwood area seems like a small price to pay for more service. If the service turns out to be amazingly successful, i’m sure they’ll start making runs to downtown or campus.


       —kena    Sep. 16 '07 - 01:36AM    #
  5. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I suspect Brandon’s saying it’s lame it doesn’t go into town in Detroit, not in A2.


       —kelli    Sep. 17 '07 - 10:21AM    #
  6. Excellent news — a good option.


       —Fred Zimmerman    Sep. 17 '07 - 04:13PM    #
  7. This is a good thing and I am sure I will use it. However the rates seem a bit funny. From AA it is $10 one way with no break for families or couples. But from Lansing the second of a couple rides for 60% of the base fare, and from Jackson the second of a couple rides for 50% of the base fare. Also from either Lansing or Jackson you get to bring the whole family for just $10 more, but no such luck from AA. It seems that they only deal in sawbucks except for a daringly priced $25 ride from Lansing.


       —abc    Sep. 18 '07 - 03:52PM    #
  8. “Yeah Brandon, my thoughts exactly. BUT, it is better than nothing and at least there is an AATA bus that will connect there from downtown.”

    The only problem with this is that my flights tend to get in long after AATA service has ended for the evening, but I’ll feel less guilty about finding someone to get me from, uh, the mall as opposed to Romulus. Better than the old way, for sure.


       —Brandon    Sep. 18 '07 - 09:24PM    #
  9. Also, the Press Release didn’t mention this, but the buses will have WiFi, which is awesome because you have to pay to use WiFi at Metro.

    And another benefit not listed in the release is that the buses are a great environmentally sound alternative to driving to Detroit. I talked to the Michigan Flyer people and they were totally excited about this. From the Michigan Flyer website (www.michiganflyer.com)

    “A single bus takes about 16 cars off the road, and achieves 162 passenger miles per gallon of fuel.

    “A single car emits about 115 times more carbon monoxide than a new motorcoach per passenger mile. A car also emits about 180 times more hydrocarbons (which create smog and air toxins), four times the carbon dioxide (the leading greenhouse gas) and twice the nitrogen oxides (which create smog and acid rain).”

    Cool, huh?


       —Nancy Shore    Sep. 20 '07 - 06:08PM    #
  10. The authority which operates the airport is now threatening to pull the entire Michigan Flyer contract from Indian Trails if they stop in Ann Arbor. The claim is that Ann Arbor is in the ‘local service area’ of the airport and that Indian Trails shouldn’t receive a contract to provide that type of service. We’re almost back in the same situation where we were several years ago when AATA investigated airport service.


       —kena    Sep. 24 '07 - 08:39PM    #
  11. ‘Local service area’? Whom are they kidding?


       —Tom Brandt    Sep. 24 '07 - 10:29PM    #
  12. @kena: the “airport authority” has a virtual legal monopoly on all ground transportation service originating at Metro Airport (read: cabs and limos) and would like a monopoly on all transportation coming in as well. Last year they raised the fee for reserved commercial transportation back to Ann Arbor from $3 per ride to $10 per ride — more than triple the fee of any other airport in the country.


       —Carol Shepherd    Sep. 25 '07 - 03:41AM    #
  13. AATA to modify Route 36 to connect with Michigan Flyer Metro Airport service


       —Bruce Fields    Sep. 26 '07 - 03:19PM    #
  14. The Ann Arbor to Metro schedule is now available. The prepaid rate is $10 each way until December 31 and then $25 round trip after that.


       —Juliew    Oct. 2 '07 - 01:10AM    #
  15. OK, and seeing how I just saw some email from someone who claimed to have sent it using the bus’s internet service while riding to Ann Arbor, I suppose it must be real.


       —Bruce Fields    Oct. 5 '07 - 04:52PM    #
  16. Is there a bus between Ann Arbor and Lansing? Is this true? how much and can you please send me more information about the schedule and cost. Thank you. Rosa.

    Michigan Flyer has announced that it will add an Ann Arbor stop to its Direct to Detroit Metro bus service beginning October 1, 2007. The bus will board passengers at the Four Points Sheraton, located at 3200 Boardwalk, with 11 daily round trips to and from Metro Airport and seven round trips to Jackson and East Lansing.


       —Rosa Peters    Mar. 24 '08 - 12:32PM    #
  17. Rosa, click here for the schedule. Rates are here.


       —Juliew    Mar. 24 '08 - 01:44PM    #
  18. Intrepid bus-riders will note that the suburban Detroit SMART bus system now has their routes and schedules on Google Transit. This means that you can, if you are very brave, take public transportation from Ann Arbor to all over metro Detroit – take the Michigan Flyer to DTW, then catch one of the two SMART buses that serve the airport and continue on your way.


       —Edward Vielmetti    Mar. 27 '08 - 01:16AM    #
  19. To Whom It May Concern,

    Do you know how I could get from Detroit Metro Airport to the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor on a regular basis.

    Thanks for any help that you may give.

    Robert Raak
    734 934 1919


       —Robert Raak    May. 27 '08 - 09:27PM    #
  20. Robert,

    Here’s a web site that lists a large number of ways to get to Ann Arbor from Metro Airport:

    www.annarbor.org/visitors_guide/transport.asp#airt

    The Michigan Flyer looks like the least expensive option. It will drop you off at the Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor. You can catch the #36 AATA Bus there. Get a transfer from the bus driver and get off at State and Packard and catch the #5 inbound bus and take it to the bus terminal downtown. You can catch the #3 bus there that will take you to the VA hospital.

    Here’s the AATA web site if you want to check specific times:

    www.theride.org/routes.asp

    Hope the info is helpful.


       —Karen Luck    May. 28 '08 - 04:10AM    #
  21. I’ve heard tell that there are buses from various Detroit suburbs that go to the Wayne State campus, marketed at commuters (and their wallets) as a cheaper alternative than driving alone. No details yet.


       —Edward Vielmetti    Sep. 30 '08 - 03:24PM    #
  22. hello, I have some quick questions, first would i be able to take a bus, or busses from Spring Arbor to Ypsilanti?. If so how and how much would it cost, how long do you think it could take? thank you for your time.
    Kelly


       —kelly    Oct. 11 '08 - 05:33PM    #
  23. bus from spring arbor to ypsilanti, that could be hard.

    I’d break this down into – Spring Arbor to Jackson – Jackson to Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti

    Spring Arbor to Jackson you might be able to figure out on your own; it looks like there’s some kind of county wide transit system at http://jacksontransit.com .

    Two choices for Jackson to Ann Arbor: either take the 3x/day Amtrak train, or take the 7x/day Michigan Flyer.

    Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti has 4x/hour bus service from downtown; it’s a pretty easy connection from the Amtrak station, or if you’re at the Michigan Flyer stop, you pick up the #6 bus 2x/hour.

    Sounds easy, right?

    ==

    (not)


       —Edward Vielmetti    Oct. 13 '08 - 04:30AM    #