Thanks for alerting me about this.
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2002 6:51
Subject: AATA airport service: NOW
you can DO something
Please read on to help get AATA bus service
to Metro Airport. If this topic does not interest you, then please
delete this message and accept my apology. I know it is a very
important issue for me and many others around here. Between now
and April 17, we have a chance to help make this service
Last summer, the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA) proposed a new bus service from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
to Metro Airport. Negotiations seemed to going smoothly until
airport officials decided that would collect a hefty monthly fee from
the AATA in exchange for the privilege of stopping buses at the
terminals and also charge passengers $1.50 to $2 for each one-way
trip. Please see the attached Ann Arbor News article for
The problem with this is that it would
tremendously increase the price the AATA would have to charge passengers
to go to the airport. No other major airports in the U.S. are
charging public transit companies to stop at the airport. It is
just considered a public service that makes travel more convenient for
both visitors and residents of the area, which in turn makes the area
more attractive for travel.
On April 17th, officials from the airport and
the AATA will sit down to resume their talks on the bus service.
So far, the airport has been inflexible, but with pressure from Ann
Arbor area residents and frequent visitors to the region, they might be
persuaded that allowing the service with no unreasonable fees would be
both good for the airport and good for travelers.
Please take a few minutes to go to the
http://www.metroairport.com web site and send them a message with your thoughts
on this. When you get to their site, click on Contacts in left
margin, then type your message. IT WILL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE TO MAKE
A DIFFERENCE. Please make your voice heard. Other options
for contacting airport officials are to email Barbara Hogan, Deputy
Director of External Relations at email@example.com. You can also call them directly at the phone numbers
listed on the web site.
YOUR VOICE COUNTS! Please contact the
airport today if you care about this issue.
Below are some things worth mentioning, if
- Good things about the new Midfield
Terminal. They've really made tremendous improvements and chould
be commended. One of the few details they didn't address at the
new terminal was PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION to the facility.
- Other cities don't charge transit
authorities to stop at the airport. Detroit should not charge
either. Public transit is in the public interest.
- The airport is supported by money from
state and federal taxpayers.
bus service would make the airport more accessible for passengers with
disabilities, since AATA buses are accessible.
- If you drive friends and colleagues to the
airport to catch their flights, you could tell them how much easier it
would be for you if the bus was available as an alternative to asking
friends, family and colleagues for rides
- Passengers are already paying surcharges on
tickets to pay for maintenance of airport facilities, so they shouldn't
have to pay again just because they ride a bus. Motorists don't
pay extra to drop off and pick up at the airport.
- Buses would actually ease vehicle crowding
at the airport. They are also good for the environment.
- AATA bus service would make it easier for Ann Arbor
and Ypsilanti airport employees to get to and from work.
- Visitors to Ann Arbor and Ypsi could get
there from the airport without having to ask friends and family for
- Taxis and shuttles thrive at
other airports, even though nearly every major airport other than
Detroit offers public transit to their facilities. The Ann Arbor
Taxi company, for example, is not opposed to AATA bus service.
- A healthy ground transportation
infrastructure is good for everyone: local companies, university staff
and students, friends and family of travelers, the airport, the local
Whether you just drop a short note or write a
long letter, THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE!