Chris Simmons Joins getDowntown Team as New Program Manager
Samantha Potter
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Chris Simmons Joins getDowntown Team as New Program Manager

ANN ARBOR, MI –  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has hired Chris Simmons as the new Business Services Program Manager for TheRide and the Director of the getDowntown Program.

Simmons, who joined the team on March 27, worked as an attorney with a focus on community development and business formation issues, prior to working in Transportation Demand Management (TDM). He previously worked with the City of Kent, Washington and managed a program similar to the getDowntown program. He also worked with the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he managed rideshare programs and was instrumental in the restructuring of Most recently he worked as the advocacy director for the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council. Simmons has also served in several leadership roles with the Association for Commuter Transportation.

Mary Stasiak, the Manager of Community Relations with TheRide said, “Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization. His past experiences with rideshare programs and TDM will greatly benefit the getDowntown program and commuter based programs throughout the service area.”

Simmons will be responsible for developing and implementing programs to assist businesses and their employees to use alternative transportation options while commuting to work. He will also oversee the implementation of TheRide’s sponsored pass programs, and the formation of vanpools and carpools.

“I’m excited to be joining an organization with such a level of community support and dedication to customer service.  As we continue to improve on our successful program offerings, I look forward to engaging with businesses and the community on how our service offerings can better serve their needs,” said Simmons.

The latest information on TheRide’s routes, schedules and detours is available in the January Ride Guide, at (734) 996-0400, and on To learn about the getDowntown Program visit


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