Ann Arbor Area Community News
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
More people are riding the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Transportation Authority’s buses.
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:
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.
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:
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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