Since its inception in 1982, the DDA has actively promoted walking, biking, and bus ridership, as the DDA recognizes that these alternative transportation options help to attract a talented workforce, create a high quality of life, benefit the environment, reduce the number of downtown parking spaces needed, and lessen traffic congestion.
- The getDowntown Program
- Walking Downtown
- Bicycling Downtown
- Riding Buses To and Around Downtown
- Moped and Motorcycle Downtown
- Carsharing Downtown
- Preferential Parking for Carpoolers
The DDA is a proud partner in the getDowntown Program which encourages and assists downtown commuters in the use and development of sustainable transportation choices. The getDowntown Program is a partnership between the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, and the City of the Ann Arbor. The getDowntown Program administers the Go!pass Program, the Commuter Challenge in May, and other activities throughout the year for downtown commuters.
The Ann Arbor DDA is committed to making the downtown as pedestrian-friendly as possible. Our many projects have helped earn downtown a walk score of 98/100, and numerous accolades and awards. In addition to large-scale sidewalk and plaza improvement projects, the DDA also takes on smaller projects, including sidewalk and curb ramp repairs, sponsorship of the Downtown Historic Street Exhibit program, annual printing of the Downtown Walk Map, and funding of downtown plantings and holiday lights.
The DDA serves as the primary provider of bicycle parking in the downtown as part of its effort to promote the use of bicycles by commuters, visitors, and others. There are now have more than 1,000 bike parking spaces in the downtown and amenities such as the Maynard Bike House, the Ann Ashley Bike House, and the seasonal on-street racks, see map.
With almost every single route ending in downtown Ann Arbor, taking an Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) bus is a great way to get downtown. AATA (the Ride) operates 27 bus routes and several Park and Ride Lots in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area. Information on the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus routes and schedules are available at www.theride.org.
The go!pass is a bus pass available to all downtown employees, enabling them to ride for free on any AATA bus. DDA sponsors the program and provides 95% of the cost, with the aim of increasing the number of commuters coming downtown using buses rather than a single occupancy vehicle. Go!pass users also benefit from discounts at numerous downtown businesses. More than 6,400 passes are in distribution with 500 downtown businesses participating. The getDowntown Program coordinates go!pass distribution, please visit www.getdowntown.org for more information.
AATA’s AirRide provides twelve daily round trips from downtown Ann Arbor to Detroit Metro Airport. The DDA provides parking at the Fourth and William parking structure, near the Blake Transit Center, for $2 per day (2 week maximum stay).
As gas prices and environmental awareness rise, many downtown residents and commuters see the advantages of using a moped or motorcycle to get around. The DDA provides many dozens of motorcycle/moped and scooter parking spaces free of change in designated areas throughout the DDA district. For specific locations, see the interactive parking map.
As part of its commitment to support transportation initiatives that make it possible to work or live downtown without a car, in 2008/9 the DDA began its sponsorship of Zipcars in downtown. The number of downtown vehicles has grown to 10, and many dozens more on UM campus. To join or learn more, visit the Zipcar Ann Arbor website.
The DDA, in partnership with the getDowntown Program, offers preferential parking spaces for carpools of 3 or more or vanpools. These spaces are first floor guaranteed parking spaces, located at the Ann/Ashley, Fourth and William, Fourth and Washington, Maynard, and Forest Parking Structures. Please contact the getDowntown Program for more information.