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RTA proposes Detroit to Ann Arbor express bus

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And it will likely be piloted in 2020

An “Air Ride” bus travels down a road near a freeway.
AirRide bus offers rides from Washtenaw County to the airport.

Regular public transit between Detroit and Ann Arbor is sorely lacking. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which oversees transportation services across Southeast Michigan’s four counties, is looking to fill that gap.

The RTA, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority (TheRide), announced today that it will pilot a Detroit to Ann Arbor commuter bus in 2020. The proposed express service would travel between the cities hourly from 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. during the week, and at limit times on the weekend.

Proposed one-way fares would be $12 base, $10 with an advanced booking discount, and $6 for seniors and those with disabilities. Bus stops haven’t been announced at this time and the RTA declined to comment further.

The RTA has also scheduled two public hearings to present and take comment on the new bus. Both take place on Wednesday, January 8 at the following locations and times:

  • Noon at the SEMCOG/RTA offices in Detroit (1001 Woodward Avenue, 14th floor)
  • 5 p.m. at the Ann Arbor District Library (343 S. 5th Avenue)

People wishing to make comment can also contact the RTA by emailing or calling (313) 402-1020. Public comment period closes January 13.

Currently, the only commuter bus between the two cities is the Detroit Connector, which is run in partnership between the University of Michigan and Michigan Flyer. Buses depart only a few times a day, and one-way fares cost $6.