On May 6th, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will weigh in on a ballot proposal for new 0.7 mill property tax to pay for expanded public transportation services, primarily AAATA busing.
With the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millage vote now less than a month away a wide variety of groups have endorsed the effort, including several agencies that work with seniors. As Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township consider a point-seven mill tax to pay for expanded Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority service, senior groups have consistently come out in support.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a recent survey that indicates the community would support a tax hike to pay for more public transit.
63 percent of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township voters polled would probably or definitely vote for a new tax of less than one mill for additional service. The survey was conducted in October through December for the AAATA.
Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says he looks forward to residents of his city enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit options outlined in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's transit improvement plan.
Schreiber says improved public transportation will benefit both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.
The Mayor says better bus service will help those who live in Ypsilanti and work in Ann Arbor, and will help the economies of both cities.
Schreiber says the local business infrastructure will also be a beneficiary of better transit.
ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night.
The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.
Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.
The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor.
The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.
WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the possible routes for the Ann Arbor Transit Connector.
Ann Arbor area residents have a chance to review and comment on six possible routes for a high capacity public transit connector service. The routes linking the Plymouth Road U-S 23 area to the University of Michigan, downtown Ann Arbor, and Briarwood Mall were shared at recent public workshops.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings.
Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program. The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.
Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.
The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, now has a CEO. The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.
Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has approved spending up to an additional 57-thousand dollars on the Go-Pass and other Ann Arbor Transportation Authority services next fiscal year. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has stepped up several services linking downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Much of the service increase was in preparation for a county-wide transit authority. Now, with the county-wide plan stopped, the AATA is looking to expand its partnership with Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has again rejected putting an ad calling for a boycott of Israel on its buses. The AATA board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday night rejecting the proposal for two reasons. Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is making some service changes later this month, including an increase in peak hour service on one of the routes between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Hear more on the changes from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.