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This week on “In The Public Interest," our bi-weekly conversation with the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, we meet and talk with the winner of the student art poster contest encouraging people to vote.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with senior Jack Weddell and his art teacher at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School Helen Bunch.


Mary Morgan / CivCity Initiative

Now that the August primary is done, it's time to look to other civic events, such as filling vacancies in advisory groups, learning about affordable housing, and caring for local parks.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will discuss these topics and give some more post-election analysis in this week's "Civic Matters."


Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township have given a “thumbs up” to continuation of expanded service routes and bus hours.

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We are a week and a day away from the August 7th primary elections and the November 6th general election looms ahead.  There is plenty to consider on those fronts and The CivCity Initiaitive's Mary Morgan joins WEMU's David Fair to run it down for you in this wek's edition of 'Civic Matters.'  And, you'll also discover some fascinating artwork produced by those staying at the Delonis Center homeless shelter in Ann Arbor. 

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Street closures for the Ann Arbor Art Fair went into effect Wednesday morning and will last through the weekend.  


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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. 


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


The August primaries are over and the focus shifts to November. That is only a part of the conversation between David Fair and Mary Morgan of the CivCity Initiative in the weekly WEMU feature, "Civic Matters." 


Christopher Taylor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

The city of Ann Arbor continues its push to remain an environmental leader.  There are ongoing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and better remediate a 1,4 dioxane plume.  Many of the environmental initiatives and local opportunities will be highlighted in the upcoming 17th Annual Mayor’s Green Fair.  David Fair covers these topics with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor in this week’s edition of "Issues of the Environment." 


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Voters in Washtenaw and three other counties will decide the Regional Transit Authority proposal  that, if approved, would create a mass transit system in Southeast Michigan.  Their goal is to make the region more connected and accessible. Whether that is of benefit to local businesses is a matter of opinion. 


Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Annually, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority provides about 6.6 million rides with its fleet of 92 buses.  On May 1st of this year, major improvements were made to the system.  It's the largest expansion The Ride has seen since 1979.  So we decided to send WEMU's Jorge Avellan for a ride on a bus to see what people think about the changes.

 


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has received gold medal recognition for its sustainability efforts.  


Mayor's Green Fair
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The City of Ann Arbor will host the 16th annual Mayor's Green Fair on Main Street Friday, June 10, 6–9 p.m. to celebrate the community's environmental leadership as exhibited by citizens, nonprofits, government, and businesses.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks with Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor.


Gillian Ream Gainsley
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Public transportation in Washtenaw County is growing. The AAATA is expanding service beginning in May, and increased rail service may be on the horizon.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Gillian Ream Gainsley, Ypsilanti representative for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, about how these transportation methods may impact the local environment.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

The Ride held its first informational meeting today at the United Way office in Ann Arbor to discuss big changes that are coming to the bus system.


The Ride

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will host an informational meeting tomorrow to inform riders about changes that will be implemented soon. 


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Parking is always at premium in Ann Arbor. It can be near impossible to find during the Art Fair. The four day Ann Arbor Art Fair begins at 10 this morning and there are options for getting to and from without having to spend a portion of your day looking for a place to park. 

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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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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:

Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

It’s Election Day for three Washtenaw County communities and the issue of enhanced transit service is at stake.  

Healthcare Leaders Back Transit Millage

Apr 30, 2014
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The campaign to win approval of a 0.7 mil transit issue in Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor has picked up a couple of key endorsements.

University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Ora Pescovitz has endorsed the ballot issue, as has Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals President and CEO Rob Casalou.

Pescovitz says she believes many University of Michigan medical center staff, visitors and patients would benefit from the expanded service the millage is designed to pay for.

On May 6th, voters will decide a millage to fund expanded bus services in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township.  While disagreeing on the question of a tax increase, both supporters and opponents support expanded services.  Environmentalists say buses help communities achieve their climate action goals, and so increasing ridership is crucial.  This month’s “Green Room” hears from a variety of local residents about what improvements they would like to see in our local bus system.

Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

  

Overview

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.

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Bus
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

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. 

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The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is throwing its support behind the Ann Arobr Transportation Authority transit millage.

AAATA is asking voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township to approve a .7 mil issue in May to expand service.

In a statement supporting the millage, the A2Y Chamber said it has been its policy for many years to support increased regional mass transit.

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