Starting Nov. 15, 2013, the Michigan Flyer -AirRide shuttle expands service on its route between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)—just in time to accommodate holiday season travelers.
The new schedule will increase the frequency of service from eight to 12 trips a day on the segment between East Lansing and Ann Arbor.
On the segment between Ann Arbor and DTW, reliability and convenience of service will be improved by providing both earlier and later runs to and from DTW, increasing the number of daily round trips from 12 to 13, and discontinuing the stop at the U-M Central Campus Transit Center at a savings of about $407,000 in operating costs.
Overall, the new schedule will make it easier for passengers to:
- Connect with approximately 700 daily nonstop flights between DTW and top domestic and international destinations
- Access about 150 more DTW arrivals and departures than before
- Commute between East Lansing and Ann Arbor for business or pleasure
- Enjoy much shorter waits between buses
The expanded schedule is a big plus for the Greater Lansing and Ann Arbor economies, noted Indian Trails and Michigan Flyer President Gordon Mackay. “One-third of Michigan Flyer-AirRide passengers—about 30,000 a year—come from out of state and spend millions locally,” he said. “Also, for many passengers who either don’t or can’t drive, this is a critical improvement in public transportation.”
According to Michael Ford, CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, “The improved schedule makes public transportation a more attractive option for travel.”