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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 6, 1979-Page E-9

Makin'
By JOHN SINKEVICS
It's early Saturday evening and
you're just raring to gosee Manhattan
for the fourth time at Briarwood. But
your friend cancelled out, and now you
haven't a ride. Never fear: public tran-
sportation can provide just the service
needed for emergencies like this. stop sig
The city and the University both offer Dial-A-]
relatively inexpensive modes& of tran- where t
sportation via buses and vans. The Ann single
Arbor Transportation Authority problem
(AATA) operates several different forced
types of service including: creases
* Dial-A-Ride, which services the probabl
Ann Arbor area with direct pick-up The U
anywhere in the city. It costs 35 cents routes t
per ride. North C
" Direct bus lines, which feature Ann Ar
eight separate routes in the Ann Arbor- students
Ypsilanti area on weekdays. The cost of pus at B
a one-way trip is 35 cents and the bright Northw
purple buses also provide a special school
Saturday service. every 1
* Special handicap services, which limited:
provide transportation in Dial-A-Ride It is u
vans for the elderly and those confined buses w
to wheelchairs. Dial-A-Ride operates on complai
Saturdays only to service the han- Univers
dicapped. to 3:15;
a.m. on
BUS ROUTES are marked with bus extende

tracks the A2 way

City offers several
codes of public transit

gns, and it is possible to take
Ride to any bus transfer point,
ransportation is provided for a
35-cent fee. However, recent
ns with the AATA budget have
city planners to call for in-
in Dial-A-Ride fares, which will
y be in effect this fall.
Jniversity also runs several bus
o service both students living on
Campus and commuters in the
bor area. The blue buses pick up
s without charge on North Cam-
3ursley Hall, Baits Housing, and
ood Housing. During the regular
year, the buses run at least
0 minutes during the day with
service at night.
uncertain how late at night the
ill run this year, but student
ints in the past have convinced
ity officials to extend bus hours
a.m. on weekends and to 2:30
weeknights. If the hours are not
d, regular bus hours will end at

12:30 a.m. on weeknights, 12:15 a.m. on
Sundays, and 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Students are dropped off or picked up
on central campus at the Geddes
Shelter in front of the C.C. Little
Building, and some buses make an ad-
ditional stop near the University
Medical Center across from Couzens
Hall.
THE COMMUTER route extends
from the Athletic Building on Hoover
Street to a stop in front of the Michigan
Union on State Street and also to the
Geddes Shelter.
During the school year, the Univer-
sity also offers a "Nighthowl" van ser-
vice intended for students on central
campus who use the libraries at night.
The vans pick up riders at half-hour in-
tervals on S. University Street near the
Undergraduate Library from 7:00 p.m.
to 1:00 a.m. on weeknights. The vans
make circular runs around the campus,
stopping near most residence halls.

There are also other private tran-
sportation options available to students
and Ann Arbor residents. Taxicabs are
rather expensive, but they offer advan-
tages such as 24-hour service and long-
distance treks.
THERE ARE TWO taxicab com-
panies in Ann Arbor-Veterans Cabs
and Ann Arbor Yellow and Checker
CabCompany-and both offer round-
the-clock availability, out-of-town tran-
sportation, and delivery service. Cab
rates are $1 for the initial fee plus 80
cents per mile.
A typical trip in a taxi from the
Michigan Union to Eastern Michigan
University in Ypsilanti costs ap-
proximately $6, while a trip to North
Campus costs approximately $4. A trip
to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport cost
between $20 and $22, although the Air-
ports Service Line, Inc. operates a
group limousine service to Metro for
only $6.
Many newcomers to Ann Arbor may
be surprised to see London-type
doubledecker buses travelling the
streets of the city. The Liberty Shut-
tledeckers were purchased by a local
organization called Ann Arbor
Tomorrow in July 1978 from a British
promotions company in Virginia. Even
though fares are only ten cents, the
buses have attracted few riders.
JAN VAN HULL, chief operating of-
ficer for the First Martin Corporation
(a real estate development firm that
operates the three buses), said the
doubledeckers were not intended to
earn a profit, but are in operation to
provide "a different type of transpor-
tation to the people of Ann Arbor and
also in hopes of linking together the
shopping areas around town."
The bus routes extend from the South
University shopping district to the Main
St. shopping area. On Saturdays the
buses extend their route to include the
Farmer's Market. They travel every 15
minutes on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. Bus stop signs for the
doubledeckers were recently put up
around the Ann Arbor area marking the
areas where riders can wait for the
bright red vehicles.
An additional route for the buses was
added in May, and serves the
Kerrytown and railroad areas during
.lunch hours. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
weekdays, the buses stop at the Cafe
Creole, both sides of Kerrytown, the
Treasure Mart, and at the Gandy Dan-
cer. The buses then circle an area
bounded by Detroit Avenue, Depot
Street, and Fifth Avenue before retur-
ning to Liberty Street.

Daily Photo by MAUREEN OMALLEY
SITES SUCH AS this-an illegally parked car stocked with parking tickets-scare
many city residents into using public transportation facilities.

Ann Arbor Transportation

Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA)

Vehicles
Buses
Dial-a-Ride.
vans

Fares
35¢ (one-way)'
354 (one-way)
Free

Telephone
973-0300
973-1611
764-2485
764-2485

University campus
service

Buses

First Martin Corp.
Veterans Cabs
Ann Arbor Yellow and
Checker Cab Company
Airport Service Line,
incorporated

Nighthowl vans
Double-decker
buses
Taxicabs

104 (one-way)

994-5050

Free

$1 plus
804/mile
$1 plus
804/mile

662-4477
663-4545
663-3355

Taxicabs

Daily Photo
THE LIBERT SHUTTLEDECKER makes daily runs among the city's shopping,
districts and the campus area. Each ride in the double-deckers costs a dime.
CONTACT LENSES
soft and hard* contact lenses $210.00
includes exam, fitting, dispensing, follow-up ,visits,
starter kits, and 6 month checkup.
* includes a second pair of hard lenses
Dr. Paul C. Ulslan, Optometrist
545 Church Street
769-1222 by appointment

Buses and
vans

$6 to Detroit
Metro Airport

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For when you're experiencing
those little ups and downs.
Health Service 764-8336
University Hospital
(Patient & Clinics) 764-2192

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Is your social life dragon? Let
these help you to a speedy
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Michigan Daily (Circulation) 764-0558, (Classified) 764-0557
I.M. Building 763-3562
Recreation & Club Sports (CCRB) 763-3084
Ticket Office (Athletic events only) 764-0247

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Ticket Office (Concerts) 763-5110
Student Programs, Office of 763-4182
Major Events, Office of 763-5110
Michigan Student Assembly 763-2141
Student Activities Office 763-0077
University Activities Center 763-1107
When you feel like they're
putting the squeeze on you,
just call!

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Housing Information 764-7401
Telephone Business'Office 764-7295
Mail Service 764-9227
Student Locator 764-2330
To get the wheels rolling.

Financial Aid, Student,Office of 763-2151
Billings, Student Accounts 764-7447
University Cashiers Office 764-8230
In the dark about who's run-
ning things? Then pick up the
phone.
Information Services 764-7260

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