ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) announced today that a $7 million funding request was approved for the construction of the estimated $18-20 million plan to build a new, larger and improved Ypsilanti Transit Center. The funding request was requested and supported by Congresswoman Dingell. "We thank Congresswoman Dingell for her support and leadership in helping us gain this crucial funding for the construction of the expanded Ypsilanti Transit Center,” Matt Carpenter, CEO of TheRide said. “This important infrastructure investment will be a huge benefit to our community including public transportation passengers and employers in Ypsilanti and beyond,” said TheRide CEO Matt Carpenter. The Planning and design of the Ypsilanti Transit Center expansion is scheduled to begin in 2023 and go through 2025. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2026 and last at least one year. The federal funding was secured by Congresswoman Dingell as part of the FY2023 omnibus appropriations package. The funding will be used towards the construction of the new transit center. TheRide had previously received $300,000 in federal funds for the planning stages of this project, secured by U.S. Senator Gary Peters.