For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 27, 2014

Contact: Carolyn Grawi
(734) 417-7732

The presidents of the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College, the three largest higher learning institutions in Washtenaw County, have personally endorsed the May 6 ballot proposal to improve public transportation in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman expressed her support for the millage at a breakfast hosted by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber today (April 16). “I formally personally endorse the May 6 transit millage,” Coleman said. “I value the transportation system and all it does for our community.”

If voters approve the 0.7 millage on May 6, residents in the communities served by the AAATA will see expanded evening and weekend hours, more buses on busy routes, and expanded options for seniors and people with disabilities. The five-year service improvement plan was developed by TheRide over months of planning and community conversations.

“The AAATA helps Eastern Michigan University’s students, faculty and staff travel to class, work, job interviews, and local businesses around our campus and throughout the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area,” according to EMU President Susan Martin. “The proposed expansion of AAATA services will provide even more opportunities for our students and employees and will benefit the local economy and environment. The Ride has been a valuable community resource and active partner with Eastern and I am pleased to support the proposed expansion of services.”

A broad coalition of community groups, business and religious leaders, environmental organizations and civil rights groups are backing the millage campaign.

“The AAATA is a valuable resource for our community and for Washtenaw Community College’s students, faculty and staff,” according to WCC President Rose B. Bellanca. “AAATA continues to provide an efficient, quality and sustainable means of transportation for the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area, and expanding their services will increase access and accessibility for the thousands of people served by the college across our region.”