Jul 25, 2022 - Things to Do

Getting to Art Fair with D2A2

D2A2 bus at Grand Circus Park stop in downtown Detroit.
D2A2 bus at Grand Circus Park stop in downtown Detroit. Photos: Samuel Robinson/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Sam. I used the D2A2 bus for the first time Friday to spend the afternoon at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

  • Tickets to and from Detroit and Ann Arbor are $6 each, there's free wifi and plenty of space for bikes in the luggage space.

How it works: A bus heads to Ann Arbor every hour between 5:45am and midnight at Grand Circus Park between W. Adams Avenue and Bagley Street, and back to Detroit 6 am to 9 pm.

  • The ride itself is quick and quiet. There were less than a dozen people on the 12:15 bus to Ann Arbor, which dropped us off in Ann Arbor about 45 minutes later at 5th Avenue and William Street across from the Ann Arbor Public Library.
  • There were even less people on the 6:30 back to Detroit.

Why it matters: The route is much needed in light of Southeast Michigan's non-existent regional transit system.

  • Parking in downtown Ann Arbor during the annual art festival is also a pain.
  • And I wanted to bring my bike, which doesn't fit inside my Honda Civic.

Between the lines: Bus stops are also important community water coolers, where small talk can easily become lively conversations that spawn new friendships.

  • Hope you're reading this, Clarence.
The Art Fair crowd walking through Ann Arbor's Main Street.
The Art Fair crowd walking through Ann Arbor's Main Street.
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