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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan from the CivCity Initiative about the latest political developments in Washtenaw County.  Among the topics discussed are the AAATA's new "People-Friendly Streets" initiative, raising parking fines in Ann Arbor, and an open house hosted by Ann Arbor's police and fire departments.


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In this second edition of "In The Public Interest," a bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor area, 89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by two guests talking about their efforts to get local high school students registered to vote and inspiring their interest with art as in a poster contest.


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In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to Mary Morgan, executive director of the CivCity Initiative, about the latest civic issues, including Ann Arbor Police looking for public feedback and how to get involved in your local neighborhood watch.


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.


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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.  Today, the conversation is about what happens next with the Ypsilanti Transit Center. WEMU's Patrick Campion and Brianna catch up with the AAATA's Mary Stasiak to get the latest. 


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The North-South Commuter Rail, also known as WALLY, is a proposed project that would connect Ann Arbor and Howell with intermediate stops along the way.  A community meeting was held to inform the public on details about the project.


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As lawmakers in Lansing debate how to fix the state's roads, a casualty could be plans to expand public transit options in Washtenaw County. 

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority plans to increase service by 44 percent over the next five years, thanks largely to the transit millage approved by voters this year. Those plans could be in jeopardy if the road funding plan approved by the house goes forward. It would cost the AAATA nearly $2 million annually.

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Public efforts to find the next leader of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority kick off Tuesday.

Community members get a chance to share what they want from the AAATA's next CEO at a public meeting.

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The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority thinks an express bus route between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor would be a great idea.  The DDA is working to have the route included in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five-year plan.

DDA Executive Director Susan Pollay says the highest bus ridership for downtown workers currently is on the number four route along Washtenaw Avenue, and the number five route along Packard Road.

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If your regular commute is on U-S 23 north of Ann Arbor back-ups are likely the norm. The Michigan Department of Transportation continues to work on plans to ease the congestion.


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's plans for increased bus service continue to move forward.  The authority expanded service this summer on 19 routes, and additional enhancements are planned next summer.  The budget for the authority's fiscal year that started this week includes a focus on vital equipment purchases.


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A well known name in Washtenaw County has been tapped to lead the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority until a new C-E-O is hired.  Former County Administrator Bob Guenzel is expected to run The Ride for about six months.


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Over 60,000 cars a day use U-S 23 between M-14 and I-96.  It's frequently the site of accidents and slow morning and evening commutes.  The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority can help ease congestion.


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Taypayer funded improvements to the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority started rolling out a month ago.  


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You'll have a new way to get around downtown Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan campus starting next week.  The new bike sharing program ArborBike will launch as early as Tuesday.  A lot of people have expressed interest in bike sharing, but it's unclear if this will translate into members.


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has rolled out its first service upgrades funded by the new transit millage.  On most routes service hours are extended, but Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have an entirely new route. 


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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.


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Half a million visitors are expected for this year's Ann Arbor art fairs. Traffic tie ups and parking shortages are bound to follow. 89-one WEMU’s Andrew Cluley opted to use the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s Art Fair bus this year.

In less than ten minutes the art fair bus took me from free parking at Briarwood Mall to the edge of the Summer Art Fair on State Street.  The early morning bus was full with people enjoying the cooler than normal weather.

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today.  It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers.  


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Next month we'll start to see some of the improvements promised by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority with approval of its .7 mil transit levy.

AAATA says it will begin offering extended hours on many routes starting August 24th. 

It will also start a new route with hourly service between the Ypsilanti District Library and the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

Find a complete listing of transit improvements coming in August online:

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Michael Ford has been chosen to lead the Regional Transit Authority.  According to tweets from Transit Riders United and others, The RTA board reportedly voted in a unanimous decision for Ford Wednesday.

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Over 75-thousand miles of alternative commuting have already been logged by more than 200 teams participating in the Commuter Challenge.  


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Crain's Detroit Business is reporting the head of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is one of three finalists to become CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.  

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Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority riders can expect later service hours coming in August after voters in three communities approved a new transit tax.  The More Buses campaign is declaring victory with about 70 percent of the votes supporting the measure.


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Members of Better Transit Now say defeating next week’s transit millage is the first step towards improving Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Service. 

Former AATA board member Ted Annis believes it will take time and likely require Ann Arbor City Council changing the make-up of the authority’s board.  Annis thinks a drive for more efficient service likely will require a shake-up at the AAATA.


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