Category Archives: Ann Arbor Transportation Authority

AATA Route 5 service changes

From the news release – Sunday January 27, 2013 starts a new bus season, with improvements on the 5 route. All Route 5 details here for trips to Ann Arbor (PDF) and trips to Ypsilanti (PDF).

The service improvements are intended to provide:

  • More reliable service (better on-time performance)
  • Less crowded trips
  • More direct and faster service for riders

The number of buses on Route 5 will be increased from five to seven during morning and afternoon peak hours.

The segment of the route between downtown Ann Arbor and Packard/Stone School Roads will be increased from 4 to 6 trips per hour, and will continue to use the current routing.

Trip segments east of Packard/Stone School Roads will be divided into four variations:

  • 5A trips will travel between downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti via Packard Rd., Stone School Rd., Ellsworth Rd., and Platt Rd.
  • 5B trips will travel between downtown Ann Arbor and Meijer via Packard Rd., Stone School Rd., and Ellsworth Rd.
  • 5C trips will travel between downtown Ann Arbor and Meijer (Carpenter Rd.) via Packard Rd., Stone School Rd., Platt Rd., and Ellsworth Rd.
  • NEW! – 5D trips will travel between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti directly via Buhr Park/Packard (with no service to Stone School Rd., Ellsworth Rd. or Platt Rd.).

WalkScore now shows Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus routes

See the Walkscore apartment guide, and turn on the public transportation layer for Ann Arbor:

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You can tweak the map to show how many minutes away you're willing to walk from a bus line to an apartment. This is all doable because the AATA now has open data for published bus schedules.

Lower Burns Park, Golden Avenue: plans from the City of Ann Arbor for two way traffic during State St closing

Attached, please find the signing and pavement marking plan that we prepared to support the two week period when E. Stadium and S. State Street will both be closed to through traffic.

Burns park - golden avenue signing and pavement mrkg plan - 110907

A more detailed copy of this is available at the Ann Arbor Government Document Repository, as document 300. You will note that the city’s signage plan, at the date of publishing this article, is to run two way bus traffic on Golden for two weeks. There is no corresponding set of plans on the AATA web site.

A letter was presented to residents of this street, notifying them of the planned changes. This is document 301 on a2docs.

Conquer the cold! Preparing for the winter commute

Conquer the Cold is a program for submissions and suggestions on how to best make your winter commute a good one. It’s run by get!Downtown, the Ann Arbor downtown commuter program, and there are fabulous prizes. Send in a 150 word essay and you could win a $500 shopping spree or one of many $5 gift certificates. To be eligible to participate in the Conquer the Cold essay contest, you must have a current go!pass, and the deadline for the contest is Saturday, November 12th, 2011.

On knowing about more public meetings than you possibly could attend

Here's an overly simplified description of the process by which you can learn about, and participate in, more public meetings on more topics of public interest than you could possibly attend in person – without ever relying on someone else's account of what transpired at that meeting.


Identify the public body which has oversight or jurisdiction over the issue in question. There may be multiples of these, at the local, county, state and federal levels, plus occasionally a treaty organization or two that gets involved.

Identify the governing board of the body, and the individual members of the board. Your direct questions about agenda items will go to them.

Identify the staff member who is board secretary. They are your best contact for details like board minutes and notices of upcoming meetings.

Ask the board secretary that you be notified of upcoming board events, per the Open Meetings Act. Put any future dates on your calendar. Note that meeting times can change on short notice.

Ask for copies of board packets for upcoming board events, per the Freedom of Information Act, and probably because it's as easy as cc'ing you on an existing email list.

Determine if there are audio and video recordings of board meetings, and if they are streamed live online. Ask for details about access.

Identify a member of the public whose affairs are affected by the public body who needs assistive technology to participate in meetings, and work on their behalf to gain access to meeting materials in machine-readable formats.

Read minutes of past meetings. If those minutes are not online, request of the board secretary that copies be put online. Note that in most cases draft copies of meeting minutes should be available before they are approved at the next meeting.

Read agendas of upcoming meetings. In some cases, detailed agendas will be available, complete with supporting records which are intended to to help the board members make decisions. Ask the board secretary for information about any details which are not obvious from the published agenda. Note that agendas can change on short notice.

Contact individual board members in private regarding items on current and future agendas. If you are brief, concise, and narrowly focused, you can provide them with assistance in their work in upcoming meetings.

Contact the board as a whole in public to make a public statement about a topic. Note that although I leave this at the very end, this is what most people think about when they go to public meetings – standing up, all shaky, in front of a microphone and giving their opinion. By the time you have gotten to the mike, it's always best that your message (however popular or unpopular) is at the very least not a surprise.


Obituary: David E. Davis Jr., 80; dean of automotive journalists

David E. Davis, Jr. (b. November 7, 1930, Burnside, Kentucky; d. March 27, 2011, Ann Arbor, Michigan) was the founder of Automobile Magazine and a long time Car and Driver editor. His distinctive voice defined modern automotive journalism. He is survived by a wife, Jeannie, a daughter, and two sons, many friends, and a generation of automotive writers and car lovers. Services are pending.


Automobile Magazine: Davis was a lifelong car enthusiast who worked in all corners of the industry, from racing to advertising to editorial and publishing. He was well-regarded in the industry for the profound impact his work had on many modern car journalists, not to mention readers. 

Eddie Alterman for Car and Driver: He was a champion of the automotive good life, and he lived it right to the very end. I hope he forgives me for using his sign-off, but: Freedom and Whiskey!

Laura K. Cowan: Rest in Peace David E. Davis, Jr. "He refused to use the subjunctive case in his writing, because he hated the way it sounded."

Autoblog: Ever eloquent, where others might simply inquire "How are you?", Davis was known for asking colleagues and friends "Is your life a rich tapestry?"

Jalopnik: Davis had a long and full career in the automotive world, starting as a racing driver and car salesmen and leading to a position as a copy writer for Road & Track before becoming a writer for Car and Driver

University Record, 2004, on the occasion of his spring commencement address. "In 1955, at age 24, he flipped his race car upside down during a national championship in California. He lost his left eyelid, the bridge of his nose, the roof of his mouth and all but a half-dozen of his teeth."

Robert Farrago "The Truth About Cars" video interview, Fired for Truth Telling, 2009. "The “fun” starts at about 11:00 in, where the former Car and Driver Editor reveals that Ziff-Davis fired him for not apologizing to Blaupunkt for dissing their products." 

Edward Vielmetti's other vehicle is a half million dollar hybrid that runs on biodiesel, of which Automobile Magazine says they were "most impressed by the hybrid bus's braking power".