On May 6, 2014 voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to vote to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for 5 years that will fund transit improvements and provide 44% more service to community residents.

 

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Expansion Means Better Service for All

  • 44% increase in service throughout the AAATA member communities
  • More direct service
  • Extended Hours
  • Extended weekend service
  • Expanded Dial-A-Ride services for seniors and people with disabilities

Transit Creates Economic Vitality

  • Faster transit and expanded routes let people get to work easier
  • Transit allows our citizens to get to the vital goods and services they need
  • Transit attracts and retains more millennials to our region

Transit Allows All to Live More Independently

  • Transit is a vital link for seniors to get to appointments, visit family, and maintain independence
  • With better transit seniors and people with disabilities will save $ 4 million annually on transportation costs in the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti area

Transit Reduces Congestion & Creates a Cleaner and Healthier Region

  • Transit expansion means less cars on the roads and will free up 1,000 parking spaces downtown each day
  • MDOT estimates show expanding TheRide services would prevent 3,594 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment each year.
“Expanding public transportation will have a dramatic effect on enhancing the quality of life for the region’s growing number of seniors and people with disabilities. Our region as a whole will be better off if we are readily able to meet the needs and provide opportunities for children, young people and adults with disabilities to be successful and be contributors at home, at school, at work and in the community.”
Carolyn Grawi, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living
 “Public transportation is an essential part of our social service safety net in the County. Expanding transit services throughout Washtenaw’s urban core will improve access to crucial assets like our hospitals and human service agencies. It will also help better connect people to job centers, supporting the County’s workforce development strategy, and give every resident new alternatives to getting in their cars when they want to get around the County.”
Andy LeBarre, Washtenaw County Commissioner

“Downtown Ann Arbor has become a vibrant hub of growing tech firms in the last few years. Menlo, Barracuda, PRIME, Google, Llamasoft and MyBuys are just a few of the tech firms that now call downtown home. Transit is one of the many factors that each of us need to provide the best possible work experience to the workers we are trying to attract and retain, which is to say we’re keenly interested in any efforts to enhance the transit options already in place.”
Richard Sheridan, Menlo Innovations

“The expansion of services outlined in the AAATA 5 year plan will allow more downtown workers and Ypsilanti residents to use public transportation to get to work more often. Expanded public transit is the path forward to a more vital, sustainable, cohesive and equitable Washtenaw County. At Zingerman’s, we are all about building a positive future for our community, and we whole-heartedly support the AAATA 5 year plan and the ballot initiative to put the .7 millage before the citizens on May 6th.”
Paul Saginaw, Zingerman's
“Transportation is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, so expanding public transit is one of the most important things we can do to reduce carbon pollution. What’s more, the AAATA plan will reduce congestion, make the region more bike and pedestrian friendly, and help get seniors, people with disabilities, and workers where they need to go.”
Mike Garfield, Ecology Center
“Public transportation provides a lifeline for members of our community. It gets people to jobs, and gives people access to the vital goods and services they need. Our community, seniors, disabled, students, young people and the environment need this expansion. The Authority must move forward to fund the plan.”
Shoshana Demaria, NAACP Ypsilanti/Willow Run Branch