Michigan Road Construction Updates
Today, I read a press release from the State of Michigan that announced an updated area of their website which provides construction updates, maps, links to gas prices and more. The updates seems fairly useful and user-friendly. And honestly, this seems like a pretty good use of our tax dollars (for once). Here is the link:
Chelsea to Ann Arbor Commuter Bus Begins May 15
AATA is starting a new commuter bus from Chelsea to Ann Arbor on May 15. Rides will start in Chelsea at the Arctic Coliseum, and end in various places in downtown Ann Arbor.
- About the AATA express bus service from Chelsea
- Commuter express map and schedule (link to PDF on AATA website) - On a personal note, the absence of any convenient way to get to the Briarwood/State St. area is a bummer.
Is this a cost savings?
According to the Ann Arbor News article about the A2-Chelsea route, here are some calculations for commuting from Chelsea to Ann Arbor:
- [From the A2 News]
Commuter bus from Chelsea: Monthly pass $125; cost at 21.25 days per month: $5.88.
Private vehicle from Chelsea: Gas and vehicle costs @ 50.5 cents per mile* x 32 miles: $16.16. Daily parking cost at $125 per month** at 21.25 days per month: $5.88. Total daily cost: $22.04.
(Notes: *Internal Revenue Service business mileage allowance for 2008.**Cost of monthly parking permit in a city of Ann Arbor parking structure.)"
I'm curious what other Ann Arbor commuters who live in Chelsea think about this bus service, and how well it will be used. What do you think?