MTA Rides to Wellness 64% Higher in One Year

In October 2019 the Mass Transportation Authority provided 13,300 rides on its Rides to Wellness Service representing a ridership increase of 64% compared to October 2018 where 8081 passengers were transported.

The Rides to Wellness On Demand service offers same day service, provided within a goal of 30 minutes. Since the inception of Rides to Wellness service in 2015 the Mass Transportation Authority has established 14 area partners that certify and pay for their clients on this highly successful transportation service.

Recently, the Rides to Wellness program was expanded to provide same day service to take veterans and their spouses. This service offers transportation across three counties and connecting services to veteran’s hospitals in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Saginaw, Michigan. The number of veterans utilizing the service is growing exponentially daily.

The Rides to Wellness program today includes 100 cars and mini vans with ramps to meet client’s needs. Plans call for expansion of an additional 50 vehicles over the next 18 months. Passengers may schedule via phone, internet and/or utilize a new app. The new app, when fully deployed will allow passengers to directly schedule with the drivers. The Mass Transportation authority anticipates that ridership will grow to 1,000 passengers per day by late Spring of 2020.

“People are living much longer and the need for medical transportation services continues to grow,” Ed Benning, General Manager and CEO of MTA, stated.

TheRide Seeks Public Input on Long Range Public Transportation Plan

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is developing its next long-range public transportation plan and is seeking the public’s input to help shape the future of public transportation in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area.

The long-range public transportation plan will use community input to:

  • Create a vision for public transit in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
  • Guide and prioritize investments for the public transit network in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
  • Create a disciplined approach to achieve the goals outlined by TheRide’s Board of Directors
  • Coordinate efforts with other transportation projects and plans throughout the region
  • Public input will be accepted from October 1 through November 11. “We want to hear from our customers and community members alike to find out what they need and want from the public transportation system in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. This input, along with feedback from key stakeholders, will be used to shape future public transit services,” Tim Sanderson, Deputy CEO of Planning & Innovation at TheRide said.

    The public input sessions are scheduled for:

    Wednesday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Ypsilanti District Library
    5577 Whittaker Rd
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch
    343 S. 5th Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Spark East – Downtown Ypsilanti
    215 W. Michigan Ave
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    The public is also invited to stop by a drop-in session at the Blake Transit Center or Ypsilanti Transit Center. Those sessions are scheduled for:

    Tuesday, October 15, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Blake Transit Center
    328 S. Fifth Ave
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Thursday, October 31, 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Ypsilanti Transit Center
    220 Pearl St.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Tuesday, November 5, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Ypsilanti Transit Center
    220 Pearl St.
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197

    Thursday, November 7, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Blake Transit Center
    328 S. Fifth Ave
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, there are many other ways feedback can be submitted.

    Subject: Long Range Plan

    Call: 734-794-1882

    Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
    c/o Planning Projects
    2700 S. Industrial Highway
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    You can find more information about the Long-Range Plan and provide comments online by visiting:

    TheRide Introduces New Fall Service Schedule

    New FlexRide Service and Multiple Route Adjustments Start August 25

    ANN ARBOR, MI – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is introducing two-way service on several routes and adding FlexRide on-demand service in Pittsfield Township with its new Fall service schedule beginning on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

    Based on comments received during the public input period held earlier this year, the following adjustments and improvements are being implemented to improve on time performance and to enhance service to the community.

    Service adjustment details are available in the online version of the Fall Ride Guide, on buses and distributed to more than 300 local businesses.

    Grant Training Workshop to be Offered

    Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Detroit, September 9-10, 2019. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.

    Click here for full event details.

    Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

    We are excited to offer your members and their staff a special tuition rate of $425 which includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use discount code "MIASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration.

    Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are also available. Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.

    Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here.


    Tammy Pitts
    Grant Writing USA
    888.435.7281 toll free

    Sue Stetler, Manager, Communications
    SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

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