Fixed Route

Most people are familiar with TheRide's fixed-route service – buses traveling regular routes at scheduled times. TheRide operates fixed-routes within the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Area which includes nearby Pittsfield, Scio, and Superior Townships. 

A woman swipes her bus pass as she enters the bus.

How to Ride

As our most widely used service, fixed-route buses connect you to nearly every corner of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Area. If you are new to riding the bus, take a look at our tutorial videos and step-by-step guide.

Learn How To Ride

Fares & Passes

TheRide accepts payment in the form of cash, tokens, and passes. Discounted passes are available for youth, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and income eligible residents.

TheRide also partners with local employers and academic institutions to offer sponsored passes for people working and studying in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. These passes give qualified individuals full or partial access to use our fixed-route bus system.

Fixed Route Fares table for Adult

Fare Type Cost One-Way Cost Round-Trip Cost How To Buy Where To Buy
Single Ride $1.50 Cash, Token When Boarding, EZfare
Day Pass $4.50 Cash, Credit When Boarding, Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare
30 Day Flex Pass $58.00 Cash, Credit Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare

Fixed Route Fares table for Seniors

*A reduced fare card is required to receive discounted rates. Seniors without a reduced fare card will pay the regular adult fare to ride.

Single Ride (60-64): Seniors aged 60-64 must have a valid Fare Deal Card to receive the discounted single ride rate. 

Single Ride (65+): Seniors 65+ must have a valid Fare Deal Card or GoldRide I.D. to ride fixed-route for free. 

30 Day Value Pass: Seniors must show a valid Fare Deal Card with their 30 Day Value Pass when boarding.

Fare Type Cost One-Way Cost Round-Trip Cost How To Buy Where To Buy
Single Ride (60-64)* $0.75 Cash, Token When Boarding, EZfare
Day Pass $4.50 Cash, Credit When Boarding, Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare
30 Day Value Pass* $29.00 Cash, Credit Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare
Single Ride (65+)* $0.00

Fixed Route Fares table for Persons with Disabilities

*A reduced fare card is required to receive discounted rates. Riders without a reduced fare card will pay the regular adult fare to ride.

Single Ride (Fare Deal): Riders must have a valid Fare Deal Card to receive the discounted single ride rate.

Single Ride (A-Ride): Riders must have a valid A-Ride I.D. to ride fixed-route for free.

30 Day Value Pass: Riders must show a valid Fare Deal Card with their 30 Day Value Pass when boarding.

Fare Type Cost One-Way Cost Round-Trip Cost How To Buy Where To Buy
Single Ride (Fare Deal Card)* $0.75 Cash When Boarding, EZfare
Single Ride (A-Ride I.D.)* $0.00
Day Pass $4.50 Cash When Boarding, Online Store, EZfare
30 Day Value Pass* $29.00 Cash, Credit Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare

Fixed Route Fares table for Youth

*Proper identification required to receive discounted rates. Children 5 and younger ride for free.

Single Ride: Youth in grades K-12 must have a valid student I.D. to receive the discounted single ride rate.

30 Day Value Pass: Youth in grades K-12 must show a valid student I.D. with their 30 Day Value Pass when boarding.

Fare Type Cost One-Way Cost Round-Trip Cost How To Buy Where To Buy
Single Ride* $0.75 Cash When Boarding, EZfare
Day Pass $4.50 Cash When Boarding, Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare
30 Day Value Pass* $29.00 Online Store, In-Person at Sale Location, EZfare

Service Delays & Distruptions

Service delays and route detours can occur for a number of reasons including construction projects, community events, traffic congestion, and poor weather conditions.

TheRide posts detours, delays, and disruptions that impact service on our Alerts Page. We suggest signing up for MyAlerts to make sure you never miss a route update. The MyAlerts notification system sends service alerts related to your favorite routes directly to your email. 

You can also call 734-996-0400 to check for service alerts on your route. 

Accessibility

We're committed to providing all riders with safe, convenient, and comfortable service. Our fixed-route buses and stations have accessibility features that make traveling easier for everyone. 

If you require additional help to travel, consider using our A-Ride service.

Ramps & Kneeling Features

All fixed-route buses are low-floor vehicles equipped with ramps and kneeling features that make it easier to board.

Onboard Announcements

Buses announce major locations along the route so you will always know where you are. Visual displays also tell you the name of the route you are on and where you are headed. Ride Guides and other travel material are available in alternative formats if you need them.

Request Alternative Formatted Material

Bus Driver Assistance

Please let the bus driver know if you need assistance. They can help you board the bus by pushing your wheelchair up the ramp or providing stand-by assistance. The driver will also make sure your wheelchair or other mobility aid is properly secured or stowed before traveling.

Travel Training

Need more help?

TheRide offers travel training at no cost for seniors and persons with disabilities that need more help getting used to the bus. We can help you travel on your own with confidence. Call our training specialist to register at 734-794-1721.