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Ann Arbor Opens Blake Transit Center

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) opened its newest facility—the Blake Transit Center—on March 17.
The downtown facility has been certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council for such state-of-the-art elements as a snowmelt system that will reduce the use of salt and a process to collect roof storm water runoff for “gray water” use.

“TheRide continues to set new ridership records, and is proud to open the new Blake Transit Center to better serve those who ride to work, medical visits, school, and social activities,” said Chief Executive Officer Michael G. Ford.

“Convenient and reliable public transportation attracts and retains talent that supports a vibrant economy, allows seniors to age in place, and contributes to a healthier environment,” Ford continued. “By offering improved services and a new, LEED Gold-certified downtown transit hub, we’re providing an opportunity to make the urban core communities of Washtenaw County a more attractive place to live, work, and play.”

The new 12,019-square-foot facility replaces an existing structure on the same lot, although the new building was constructed on the opposite side of the lot to allow for a safer and more efficient flow of bus traffic.

It features a larger main customer service lobby, better real-time arrival and departure signage, and offices for a program that promotes commuting into downtown Ann Arbor.

More than 5,000 daily passengers used the previous facility, and the agency has seen its total ridership climb more than 84 percent since the mid-1980s.

TheRide plans to hold a formal grand opening ceremony in late spring because workers cannot pour and set concrete for the new bus lane next to the building until the ground thaws. 

TheRide's new Blake Transit Center offers enhanced amenities to riders and a more efficient flow of bus traffic.

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