The Ann Arbor News reports that public transit ridership is up since the implementation of AATA’s MRide program in August:
More people are riding the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Transportation Authority’s buses.
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In August, the two systems reached a five-year agreement allowing U-M students, staff and faculty to ride AATA buses for free. Since then, AATA has seen a 12 percent increase in ridership; campus buses have carried 7 percent more passengers. Officials say the figures show more students, faculty and staff at U-M are leaving cars at home and riding the AATA buses to their destinations on campus. Once there, they ride the U-M buses to get from one campus area to another, officials said.