AirRide Ridership: Week One

In response to a Chronicle emailed question – prompted by discussion at an April 11 partnerships committee meeting of the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority – the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has given the following ridership numbers for the first week (Monday through Saturday) of its new AirRide service between downtown Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport: 271 eastbound to DTW; 206 westbound from DTW. That’s a total of 477 passengers.

The AirRide service began on April 2. It offers 12 buses each way daily. So in its first week, the service had a bit more than 3.3 passengers per bus [(12*2*6)/477].

The AATA authorized the contract with Indian Trails’ Michigan Flyer service at its Feb. 16, 2012 meeting.