AATA notified to vacate Arborland stop

June 16, 2009 by  
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From a Press Release by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

1,000 daily riders to be affected

ANN ARBOR, MI – After 30 years of providing transit service at Arborland, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) has received notification terminating the agreement which provided for a bus stop and transfer location in the shopping center, effective July 1.

Over the past year, AATA has worked with Finsilver Friedman Management Corporation of Farmington Hills to successfully resolve the only issue that has been raised, that of bus riders parking close to store entrances. AATA agreed to post signs designating commuter parking areas and to provide on-site staff to monitor the area at critical times.

According to AATA Interim Executive Director Dawn Gabay, about 150 commuters park at Arborland and use AATA bus service to travel to work each day and more than 1,000 riders use the location each weekday.

“AATA has been committed to working with Arborland ownership to find the best solution to this problem,” Gabay said. “The Arborland site is a pivotal transfer location for three bus routes. It provides a safe and convenient off-street location for our passengers to use our system, as well as access to the shopping center for its customers and employees.”

AATA was hopeful that an agreement could be reached that would have been mutually beneficial to the businesses at Arborland, to our riders and to AATA,” Gabay said.

In the short term, AATA plans to locate bus stops near the intersection of Washtenaw Avenue and Pittsfield Boulevard, where there are traffic signals and crosswalks. AATA sees this approach as the best available option for now.

“We contacted the City of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Department of Transportation about development of bus pullouts along the south side of Washtenaw Avenue between Pittsfield and Yost Boulevard, but moving to that site will take approximately a year to plan, obtain permits and construct.”

“Our ultimate concern is providing a safe and convenient bus stop and transfer location for our riders in the highly congested area along Washtenaw Avenue,” Gabay said.

Questions or concerns about this development may be directed to [email protected] or (734) 794-1880.