5 Things You Should Know About Returning the Ann Arbor-Detroit Express Bus
ANN ARBOR, MI – The hourly express bus service between Ann Arbor and Detroit is making a comeback.
The D2A2 service, which first launched in March 2020 and was quickly discontinued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to return on October 18 and reservations are now being accepted.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. When do the buses leave?
The service offers hourly direct trips between the two communities over 16 hours a day, from 5.45 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, with limited service on Saturdays and Sundays. The timetable shows that the journeys take an hour.
2. How much does it cost?
The base fare for a one-way ticket is $ 8, or $ 6 if pre-booked. For disabled drivers and seniors 65 and over, discounted rates of $ 4 apply.
Those who want to use the service regularly can purchase a book of 10 tickets for $ 5 each.
3. Where do the buses stop?
The buses will run between the Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor and Grand Circus Park in Detroit.
The Ann Arbor stop is located near the corner of Fifth Avenue and William Street across from the downtown library.
The Detroit stop is located south on Park Avenue between Adams Avenue and Bagley Street.
4. How can I make a reservation?
Excursions can be booked at www.d2a2.com.
5. Who is behind D2A2?
The pilot bus service is a partnership between the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide.
“Both communities asked us when the D2A2 service would be back and we’re excited to finally announce its return,” said Matt Carpenter, CEO of TheRide, in a statement. “The connectivity this service provides will make it easier for commuters to get to work in Ann Arbor and Detroit.”
“Now that our workforce is back and the entertainment venues are welcoming the fans again, we are very pleased to announce the restart of the service,” added Ben Stupka, Interim Managing Director of RTA.
The D2A2 buses are operated by Michigan Flyer, a company officially known for friendly drivers, comfortable buses, and reliability.
“The Michigan Flyer has an exceptional track record of 98% punctuality reliability, and the D2A2 express bus service will follow these great metrics,” said Chad Cushman, president of Michigan Flyer, in a statement.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor said he was pleased to see the service return.
“We’re all better off when we’re better connected, so resuming this service is a good thing,” he said. “My hope is that in the coming years we will be able to expand and improve regional transport, which brings us all together on a regular basis.”
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