TheRide Announces Opportunity for the Public to Learn about Zero Emission Buses

TheRide Announces Opportunity for the Public to Learn about Zero Emission Buses

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ANN ARBOR, MI –  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) has announced that a research report on Zero Emission Buses done by consultants, Stantec, outlines and compares possible Zero Emission Bus options. Two public meetings are being held to share information about zero emission buses in November.

The report focuses on Battery Electric buses and Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Electric buses by outlining the benefits of each, the cost and potential timelines. While the report makes no recommendations, it outlines several potential scenarios that allows for a certain number of vehicles to be transitioned to Zero Emission each year, culminating with a full Zero Emission fleet around the year 2040.

“TheRide is dedicated to doing our part in our communities’ sustainability goals. Our study on Zero Emission Buses is our first step to determine the future of our bus inventory,” Matthew Carpenter, CEO of TheRide said. “We look forward to presenting our findings to the public and to listen to their preferred priorities of TheRide.”

The public is invited to attend an in-person or virtual meeting. Meetings will be held:

Virtual Meeting:
Tuesday, November 15 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Via Zoom

In-Person Meeting: Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Washtenaw Learning Resource Building
4135 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Public meeting details, the full report and presentation, and channels to provide feedback can be found at:

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, TheRide continues to enforce the established preventive measures to keep both riders and drivers safe:

  • Face masks are recommended to be worn, though not required.
  • The driver is to be approached for emergencies only.
  • Buses are cleaned with CDC-recommended protocols.
  • Plastic barriers are added to separate drivers and riders on fixed-route buses.
  • Sanitation supplies are provided to employees.
  • Masks, gloves and face shields are provided for drivers’ use.
  • Lost and Found collection has been temporarily suspended.

The latest information on TheRide’s routes, schedules and detours is available at 734-996-0400 and on