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Mass Transit Does Not Move Forward In Washtenaw County

Nov 9, 2016

Credit Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan, including Washtenaw County, is one of the few major metropolitan areas without mass transit.

After the November election, that does not appear to be changing any time soon...

While it was approved by Washtenaw County voters, a regional transit plan put before voters in four area counties Tuesday was ultimately defeated.  If approved, the proposal would have created commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Michael Ford is Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.
Credit RTA of Southeast Michigan

The CEO of the Regional Transit Authority, Michael Ford, says Ann Arbor business owners will feel the impact of the proposal's defeat.

Ford also says the RTA Board will take a closer look at the voting results and decide if they want to put it before voters once again when law allows in 2018.

He says that will be the 27th time it's been up for local consideration.

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