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AATA Goes Hybrid

Posted by Juliew on 24. October 2007

From a news release sent by the AATA today:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –– The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) today began placing into service its first 15 clean, efficient hybrid electric buses with plans to add another five in March 2008 and seven more within the next 18 months.

Over the long term all of its 69 buses will be replaced with hybrid electric buses. AATA is the first public transit operator in the Midwest to state its intention to convert to all hybrid electric buses.

According to AATA board chairman David Nacht, the introduction of these environmentally-friendly buses continues AATA’s tradition of leadership in adopting new technology to improve transit service for its 5.6 million annual riders and the community . . .

The buses are expected to reduce fuel consumption by an average of 30 percent and lower maintenance costs by 30 to 50 percent. For more information, see the AATA hybrid bus web page. Oh, and if you win the contest to name the blue hybrid bug mascot, you win an iPhone.

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Ann Arbor to Metro Bus Service

Posted by Juliew on 14. September 2007

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.

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AATA Executive Director Resigns

Posted by Murph on 16. March 2007

An AATA press release this morning reads,

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) Executive Director/CEO Greg Cook has informed AATA Board Chair David Nacht and Board Personnel Committee Chair Paul Ajegba of his intent to submit his resignation.

Nacht has announced that Assistant Executive Director Dawn Gabay will assume the duties of the executive director in the interim until a new director is found.

Gabay has 32 years of experience with AATA, including previous experience as interim executive director.

Nacht said, “AATA will continue to thrive and continue to grow under Ms. Gabay’s direction. We thank Greg Cook for his years of service and commitment to AATA and the community.”

The News reports that Cook’s resignation was spurred by questions over use of an AATA credit card. “‘At that time, I thought I had paid,’ Cook said. ‘I said that I flat blew it.’”

In better AATA-related news, the agency was just awarded Federal CMAQ money to purchase 27 hybrid diesel-electric buses over the next 2 years.

AATA upgrades campus oriented routes

Posted by Murph on 13. January 2005

AATA has announced route changes to take effect 23 January that will increase service to and from the campus area. A new route, 9U, will connect Central Campus to the Maple Village area, and several routes connecting Central Campus to the Medical and North Campuses, to park-and-ride lots, and to Ypsilanti will be given more direct routes, more frequent service, and, in some cases, earlier morning routes and later evening routes.

Read the details at AATA’s website and view the new maps and schedules online or on the new RideGuides available on-board the buses.

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Bus Ridership Up

Posted by Brandon on 15. December 2004

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.

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.

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AATA seeking University feedback on service

Posted by Murph on 21. September 2004

In order to direct service expansions to improve the MRide service, AATA is seeking the feedback of University of Michigan staff, students, faculty, etc. Feedback will be used to direct service changes in January.

AATA is hosting four Drop-In Sessions to gather input on how AATA might improve our bus service to better meet your needs. The drop-in sessions are scheduled for:

  • Monday 9/20 2-5 p.m. 2315 Towsley Center (upper level classroom located near Dow Auditorium)
  • Thursday 9/23 4-7 p.m. Michigan Union – Crofoot Room (main floor – center hall near U Club)
  • Tuesday 9/28 2-5 p.m. Michigan League – Room #4 (main floor – main hall) Wednesday 9/29 3-6 p.m.
  • Pierpont Commons – Atrium (across from the Campus Information Center)

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) will make service changes and additions designed to improve service to the University of Michigan campus beginning January 23, 2005, as a result of its new five-year agreement with the University.

Please stop by and offer your suggestions for improving our bus service. If you are unable to attend, you may e-mail your ideas to AATA Manager of Service Development Chris White at cwhite@theride.org.

For further information on AATA service, go to AATA’s web site, www.theride.org

U-M and AATA Program Publicized

Posted by Brian Kerr on 27. July 2004

The University Record announces the U-M and AATA agreement which was tipped to this site last week. The Record article provides few new details, but features a host of happy-talk quotations from the directors of the University’s Parking and Transportation Services and of the AATA.

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U-M and AATA to Launch "Unlimited Access" Program

Posted by Brian Kerr on 22. July 2004

On August 1, 2004, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) will be launching a swell “Unlimited Access” program.

From a ‘facts sheet’ given to the Arbor Update Gaggle by an anonymous tipster:

Under this contract, AATA will provide no-charge rides on all of its regularly scheduled routes at any time of the day, any day of the week to all active U-M faculty, staff and students who show a valid Mcard ID. In addition, AATA will add at least 8,000 hours of service, tailored to the needs of the University, starting January 2005. These service improvements will be guided by student and employee residential demographics, and input from the University community.

It’s my understanding that this program will be officially announced on Monday, July 26, 2004. Accords to the facts sheet, “marketing and promotional efforts” are in the works, as is a “survey of participating and non-participating U-M students, staff and faculty during the fall semester to gauge customer acceptance.”

We’ll publish more details on this site as they become available. (Anonymous tipster: if you’re reading this, you have our thanks!)

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