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1:56 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Healthcare Leaders Back Transit Millage

The campaign to win approval of a 0.7 mil transit issue in Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor has picked up a couple of key endorsements.

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Ora Pescovitz.
Credit uofmhealth.org

Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals President and CEO Rob Casalou.
Credit St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Ora Pescovitz has endorsed the ballot issue, as has Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals President and CEO Rob Casalou.

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

Pescovitz says she believes many University of Michigan medical center staff, visitors and patients would benefit from the expanded service the millage is designed to pay for.

"Our entire community benefits from initiatives with the potential to reduce demand on the parking system and the need to build or expand lots, roads or structures," Pescovitz says.

Casalou says more bus service will help those who have just recently obtained insurance through the Affordable Care Act access health care services.

"I agree with experts who have indicated that a robust transportation system will enable the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area to become more economically vital and provide its residents with an even greater quality of life," Casalou says, "which is a win/win for all of us."

Voters in Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor will decide the AAATA transit millage May 6th.