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Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Transportation Authority added 11 new clean diesel-electric hybrid buses to its fleet in March 2013. The total number of hybrids in service will be 52, bringing the fleet to 59% hybrid – - the highest percentage of operating hybrids in the U.S.

http://www.fleetsand...p-alt-fuel-use/

For photos of the AATA fleet from 2011, click here: http://www.cptdb.ca/...or&fromsearch=1

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I just visited Ann Arbor today. Below is #461, a 2011 40-foot hybrid Gillig BRT, operating route #7. #461 was the first of ten Gillig BRTs that were delivered to the AATA in 2011.

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A student pass program is saving the public school district tens of thousands of dollars annually and increasing ridership on AATA.

Also encouraging is a 0.7-mill tax proposal on the May 6 ballot in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. If approved, it would pay for a 44 percent expansion of AAATA services, while costing the owner of a $200,00 home an extra $70 a year.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/04/high_school_student_ridership.html

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More buses campaign to expand the AATA is a big winner!

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/05/early_election_results_show_vo.html

"The AAATA board voted in January to adopt a five-year transit improvement plan calling for more than 90,000 hours of additional fixed-route bus service in the county's urban core, including about 57,000 in Ann Arbor, more than 8,500 in Ypsilanti, more than 9,400 in Ypsilanti Township, and 15,000 in Saline, Pittsfield Township and Superior Township through purchase-of-service agreements.

The new tax will fund the implementation of that plan, which includes expanding hours of bus service on nights and weekends, putting more buses on the road and implementing new and redesigned routes, along with more frequent trips, improved bus stops, new park-and-ride lots, and expanded dial-a-ride services.

The majority of improvements will be phased in over a few years, starting this August with later hours of operation on just about every route, and more frequent trips on some routes. There also will be a new route in the Ypsilanti area this year.

In May 2016, a major redesign of the service in Ypsilanti and on the west side of Ann Arbor, including new and redesigned routes, is to be implemented."

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http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/11/aaata_board_agrees_to_pay_586k.html#incart_story_package


"The board voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the purchase of 24 low-emission conventional buses and three hybrid-electric buses.


This is the first in a series of bus purchases the AAATA plans to make over the next five years.


The buses will be used for new and expanded services as well as to replace older buses in the agency's fleet.


Up to 60 new buses will be purchased from Gillig LLC over the next five years. Until now it had been uncertain whether the agency would be willing to pay extra for hybrids."

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The #360-#374 new flyer buses that were built in 1995 are actually D35LF buses just to let you know and I've ridden on several of those buses when I was a kid. They also have american seating 6466 seats on them. 

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Due to a dispute between the Wayne County Airport Authority and the operators of the Airride service, Airride buses now no longer serve the Kensington Hotel near Briarwood Mall in order to continue to provide hourly-headway service to DTW.

http://www.theride.org/Service-Alerts-Articles/ArtMID/3341/ArticleID/1113/AirRide-service-between-The-Kensington-Hotel-and-DTW-to-be-discontinued-Thursday-May-19

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Yesterday evening around 19:30, I was driving back home from Ann Arbor and spotted a cutaway coming up NB S State St and turned right on Eisenhower, probably heading back to HQ. The interesting thing was that it had a headsign (displaying NOT IN SERVICE) and a bike rack, and was branded TheRide (fixed route) instead of A-Ride (paratransit/DAR). I wonder if TheRide has started using cutaways on low ridership routes. From where that coach was coming from, it could have been the 61 Airport-Avis Farms or the 67 Platt-Michigan.

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Around 10 AATA 2003 Low Floors are now part of Lorenz Bus Service's transit fleet. I'm assuming these are primarily for the MN State fair shuttles, but given that they're newer units I suppose they could pop up on some of their other contracts as well. Here's some pics from during the Fair:

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