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New AirRide bus travels between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro

Congressman John Dingell (fifth from right) poses with those behind the AirRide public-private partnership
Congressman John Dingell (fifth from right) poses with those behind the AirRide public-private partnership

There’s a new public transit option for those who want to travel between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport.

It's called AirRide, and it hits the road Monday.

The AirRide bus is not your average mass transit ride. For starters, there’s wi-fi, outlets for your laptop, and a bathroom. Apparently the seats are comfortable, too. So comfy that Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's David Nacht describes them as "more comfortable than three out of the four chairs" in his living room.

Nacht says the bus is as much for Ann Arbor area residents as it for out-of-towners:

"Just to see that they could easily come here would help put Ann Arbor on the map for people who visit metro Detroit and don’t think about us; now they’ll notice that they can get here easily and we’re a leader in transit."

Congressman John Dingell was also at the public unveiling of the new AirRide. He describes the new public-private transit system  as more than just a bus.

"It’s a movement towards integrated transportation," explains Dingell. "It’s a movement to help our people here create jobs that will benefit the country; t’s about people working together, which they seem to do rather poorly these days."

The bus will make 12 daily trips from Ann Arbor to Detroit Metro. It will cost $12 each way if reserved in advance, $15 for walk-ons.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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