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TheRide will restore service in Ypsilanti, improve several routes starting Jan. 17

Tire tracks in the snow.
Tire tracks in the snow. (Pixabay)

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) announced it is updating its Temporary Service Plan to include restoring service in Ypsilanti and to improve on-time performance on a number of routes starting on Jan. 17.

TheRide has been running a reduced network of routes to essential destinations during the pandemic. Frequent service is offered on these routes to reduce overcrowding.

According to a news release, the service updates to begin Jan. 17 include:

Route 6

  • Routing adjusted in Ypsilanti from Michigan Ave to Hewitt Rd and Congress St for all trips to restore service to an area which previously had no alternatives.

Route 22

  • Adjust routing headed to the Blake Transit Center from the Glen Ave/Fuller Rd area to Beakes Ave and Fifth Ave to serve Kerrytown.
  • All trips to be connected with Route 3- Huron River at the Blake Transit Center.

Route 23

  • Adjust routing in downtown Ann Arbor from William St to Washington St and Thayer St to reach the U-M Central Campus Center.
  • Adjust Saturday and Sunday schedules to improve on-time performance.
  • Move boarding location at the Blake Transit Center from the transit mall to Fourth Ave

Route 32

  • Adjust routing from the U-M Central Campus area to end at the Blake Transit Center for all trips. Service to U-M Central Campus will be provided via Route 23.
  • Connect all trips with Route 23 at the Blake Transit Center giving riders a direct connection to U-M Central Campus Transit Center and U-M Hospital Areas without having to transfer.

Route 26

  • Move boarding location at the Blake Transit Center from Fourth Ave. to the transit mall.

Route 62

  • Service will be restored.

TheRide has established the following safety measures on its buses to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Customers are required to wear a face mask
  • The driver is to be approached for emergencies only
  • Buses are cleaned with CDC recommended protocols
  • Social distancing is encouraged with signs posted at transit centers and in buses
  • Fewer passengers are allowed on each bus at any one time
  • Plastic barriers are added to separate drivers and riders
  • Sanitation supplies are provided to employees
  • Masks, gloves and face shields are also provided for drivers
  • Lost and Found collection has been temporarily suspended
  • Transit centers remain closed except for customer transactions, where applicable

For more information on routes and schedules, visit TheRide.org.


About the Author:

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.