- On May 6, 2014, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for five years to help fund transit improvements that will provide 44% more transit service, increase services to the elderly and disabled, and help spur economic activity in Washtenaw County’s urban core.
- The owner of a home valued at $100,000 in the millage area (Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township) would pay about $35 per year (or about .67 cents per week). The owner of a home valued at $200,000 would pay only $70 a year (or about $1.35 per week)… which means that the average homeowner would pay less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week.
- Additional funding will be used to improve transit services to meet the transportation needs that residents and community leaders have requested in the three communities, including:
- More direct service through redesigned routes.
- Extended hours on weekday nights.
- Extended weekend service on fixed routes (earlier start times, much later end times)
- Expanded Dial-A-Ride services for seniors and people with disabilities.
- Improved bus stops.
Helping Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities Maintain their Independence
- Public transit provides a lifeline to our most vulnerable citizens
- Persons with disabilities and senior citizens rely on AAATA to go about their daily lives.
- People rely on public transportation to get to dialysis, chemotherapy and other medical treatments.
- Public transportations enables senior citizens and people with disabilities to obtain the vital goods and services they need, allowing them to maintain their independence
- The new millage will provide seniors and those with a disability expanded service hours, more door-to-door service and more destinations
- With the new transit improvements, seniors and people with disabilities will save $4 million annually on transportation costs in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti urban core
Creating Economic Vitality
- Jobs are created locally by reliable public transit. Estimates show the improved transit system would create an additional 250-plus jobs, according to MDOT-based projections
- Public transit enables people to get to jobs or school, including those who cannot drive or who do not own a car.
- Public transit investment helps ignite economic productivity – as more people collect in a city center, more jobs cluster there too, boosting wages and economic productivity over time.
- Transit spurs economic activity. According to economic projections developed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the economic impact of improved public transit in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti urban core would increase from $62.5 million today to at least $96 million annually if voters approve the millage.
- Local businesses and workers benefit. The transportation cost savings (money saved over traditional transportation) would total $28 million annually in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti urban core.
- Increased public transportation will help attract and retain millenials to the region
Reducing Congestion and Protecting the Environment
- Improving and expanding TheRide will reduce the number of cars on heavily congested local roads, which would result in less gridlock and fewer auto accidents.
- Transit expansion will free up 1,000 parking spaces in downtown Ann Arbor each day.
- Public transportation means less fuel emissions and cleaner air by reducing the total number of single-occupant vehicles.
- MDOT estimates show expanding AAATA services would prevent 3,594 metric tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the local environment each year.
- More buses = less runoff into the Huron River Watershed