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Regional Transit Authority Announces Expanded Summer Service to Return for the D2A2 Express Bus Line May 24

Regional Transit Authority Announces Expanden Summer Service to Return for the D2A2 Express Bus Line May 24.
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DETROIT – The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) announced today that it will resume extended D2A2 weekend service for the summer season. The Midnight Summer Run will depart Downton Detroit at 11:55 p.m. Starting on Friday, May 24 and running through Saturday, August 28. The expanded hours of operation   are designed to increase convenience and accessibility for people traveling between Detroit and Ann Arbor on weekends. 

Kicking off Memorial Day weekend this service will be available from Friday to Sunday. However, the weekend service will only be available on Friday and Saturday nights beginning May 31 for the remainder of the summer.  

The D2A2 Midnight Summer Run is a testament to the Regional Transit Authority commitment to meeting the community’s evolving transportation needs. Whether it’s late-night work shifts, social engagements, or weekend getaways, the service caters to riders’ diverse schedules and lifestyles.

“At the RTA, our top priority is to make it as convenient and accessible as possible for passengers to use transit to get where they need to go,” said Ben Stupka, Executive Director of the RTA. “Last year, we explored extending hours during the summer months, and it was used most during weekends, so we decided to bring it back for summer 2024 during those peak times. There are a lot of concerts, festivals and other events planned for this summer, and we are excited to offer these later routes to help people use transit when traveling between Detroit and Ann Arbor.” 

Passengers can look forward to staying longer at concerts, festivals and sporting events in Detroit this summer and returning to Ann Arbor onboard D2A2 buses. These buses feature modern amenities, including comfortable seating, complimentary Wi-Fi, and charging ports.

The brainchild of the RTA, in partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), D2A2  launched in 2020, shortly before the pandemic. Michigan Flyer operates the coaches. There were nearly 8,500 rides on D2A2 during April 2024, a record for the service.

When booking Midnight Summer Run tickets on the D2A2 website, customers must select the 11:55 p.m. departure time. D2A2 provides hourly trips between the two communities, typically for 16 hours a day during the week, with limited service on Saturday and Sunday. One-way fares for this service are $8 at the door or $6 with an advanced booking discount online. Other discounts are available for seniors, people with disabilities, or those buying a book of 10 or more tickets.

Passengers can visit the D2A2 website or contact customer service at (517) 333-0400 for more information about the D2A2 schedules, fares, and additional services.

The Regional Transit Authority was created by Public Act No. 387 of 2012. Its 10-member board is appointed for three-year terms by the county executives of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Mayor of Detroit, and the Governor of Michigan. The Governor’s appointee serves as chair without a vote.

The RTA’s mission is to manage and secure transportation resources that significantly enhance mobility options, improve the quality of life for the residents, and increase economic viability for the region. The RTA envisions a region with sufficient and stable funding to support improved public transit options that will advance equity by increasing accessibility to satisfy the integrated mobility needs of Southeast Michigan communities.

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