The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority ramps up service in a few weeks. The changes are the first improvements funded by a new .7 mill transit millage.
Summer tax bills were a bit higher in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township thanks to the May vote on public transit. Starting August 24th the community will begin reaping the benefits of the tax increase.
The primary changes this month will be additional service hours. A new route in Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township will start as well. Service Development Manager Chris White says the new route will serve residents in the Whitaker and Textile Road area and several busy locations, "The Ypsilanti District Library is an important regional destination. Getting access to the shopping that's there at the Paint Creek Shopping Center is an important element. District Court, that's at the Ypsilanti Township Civic Center is an area we've had lots of requests for."
White says the major service additions in the five year transit plan start in 2016. He says additional routes require more buses which can take 18 months to have ready.