Bus route connecting Ann Arbor and Detroit set to launch this year

Inside a Michigan Flyer bus, which will be operating the bus service with the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.
Inside a Michigan Flyer bus, which will be operating the bus service with the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. (Credit: Michigan Flyer)

ANN ARBOR – During a public hearing at the Ann Arbor District Library on Wednesday evening, the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan revealed plans for its new pilot bus service directly connecting Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Led by RTA General Manager Matt Webb, the project was generally well-received by members of the public, of which about two dozen shared their thoughts on the new route.

The service will be operated by the RTA and Michigan Flyer in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide).

The trip will take approximately 60 minutes with minimal stops and will operate between stops at 4th Ave. and William St. in Ann Arbor and Grand Circus Park in Detroit.

“This pilot project directly supports connecting the region’s communities a priority by providing an alternative mobility option for the people of Southeast Michigan to connect both Ann Arbor and Detroit where limited options exist today," said Webb.

RTA General Manager Matt Webb leads a presentation on the new Ann Arbor-Detroit bus service at the Ann Arbor District Library on Jan. 8, 2020. (Meredith Bruckner)

“We’ve purposely limited the number of stops between the end-to-end service to make the travel time competitive of what it would take to travel that far between the two communities," he added.

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