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A recent survey finds area voters would support a tax hike to help fund the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's five year transit plan.  

63 percent of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township voters polled would probably or definitely vote for a new tax of less than one mill for additional service.  The survey was conducted in October through December for the AAATA.

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Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber says he looks forward to residents of his city enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit options outlined in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's transit improvement plan. 

Schreiber says improved public transportation will benefit both Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

The Mayor says better bus service will help those who live in Ypsilanti and work in Ann Arbor, and will help the economies of both cities.

Schreiber says the local business infrastructure will also be a beneficiary of better transit.

ReImagine Washtenaw Right-of-Way Plan Presented

Dec 11, 2013
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ReImagine Washtenaw presented its right-of-way plan to the public at a meeting Tuesday night. 

The plan covers the corridor from the water tower in Ypsilanti to the Washtenaw-Stadium split in Ann Arbor.

Ypsilanti city council member Pete Murdock says the city is dealing with a lot of traffic issues as part of its master plan revision, and those will have to be coordinated with ReImagine Washtenaw.

The ReImagine Washtenaw right-of-way plan includes improvements such as refuge islands to help pedestrians safely cross the street, buffered bike lanes, and eight "super stops" for Ann Arbor Area Transportation busses along the corridor. 

The next step in the implementation process is to have municipalities along the corridor adopt the plan.


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Ann Arbor area residents have a chance to review and comment on six possible routes for a high capacity public transit connector service.  The routes linking the Plymouth Road U-S 23 area to the University of Michigan, downtown Ann Arbor, and Briarwood Mall were shared at recent public workshops. 

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Just because the weather's turning cold doesn't mean it's time to give up on your alternative method of commuting. 

The Get Downtown Program is encouraging people to register to participate in this year's "Conquer the Cold" winter commuting challenge. 

Get Downtown Program director Nancy Shore says "Conquer the Cold" aims to keep alternative commutes going.

Downtown Ann Arbor employees can sign up for winter bike commuting classes and register for the commuting challenge, which offers a $500 Bivouac gift card as its top prize. 


The Ride Seeking Public Input on its Performance

Nov 4, 2013
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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority wants your opinion on its overall performance in a series of public meetings. 

Marketing Coordinator Don Kline says The Ride is seeking public feedback for it's five-year transit improvement program.  The program aims to increase transit access in under-served areas with more destinations, and more frequent and direct service.

There are several public meetings planned.  Find the meeting schedule at MovingYouForward.org.

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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's Blake Transit Center is being torn down soon, so riders will be directed to a new temporary location. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.


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Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.


Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.
 


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority continues construction of the new Blake Transit Center, with much of the brick and stonework up on the south-side of the building.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley toured the facility and has this report:

    


The new Regional Transit Authority that aims to link Washtenaw County with Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb  counties, now has a CEO.  The RTA board met Wednesday in Ann Arbor. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports,  the board approved a contract with the current CEO of SMART, John Hertel.


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The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority is a step closer to adding another member community.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the AAATA Board last night voted unanimously to approve Ypsilanti Township's request to join the authority.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has approved a nearly 34 million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2014.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the A-A-A-T-A board on Thursday evening, voted six to nothing in favor of the new spending plan.


Ypsilanti Township Votes to Join AAATA

Sep 9, 2013
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The Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustees Monday night voted to seek membership in the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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If you haven't seen an ad for the new Ypsilanti Community school on an 

AATA bus or billboard yet, chances are it won't be long before you do.  

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the district is assertively marketing itself in the community.


Ypsilanti On Verge Of Joining AATA

Jun 19, 2013

The city of Ypsilanti is on the verge of becoming a member of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authortiy.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.

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  The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority may soon have a new name to reflect the inclusion of the city of Ypsilanti as an official member. As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, Ann Arbor City Council Monday night took a necessary step in that direction.

Ypsilanti Makes Request To Join AATA

May 23, 2013
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The City of Ypsilanti has made a formal request to join the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in his report. 

Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority has approved spending up to an additional 57-thousand dollars on the Go-Pass and other Ann Arbor Transportation Authority services next fiscal year.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has stepped up several services linking downtown Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Much of the service increase was in preparation for a county-wide transit authority.  Now, with the county-wide plan stopped, the AATA is looking to expand its partnership with Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority.   Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority has again rejected putting an ad calling for a boycott of Israel on its buses.  The AATA board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday night rejecting the proposal for two reasons.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

AATA Service Changes

Jan 4, 2013

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is making some service changes later this month, including an increase in peak hour service on one of the routes between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.  Hear more on the changes from WEMU's  Andrew Cluley.

Construction on the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor begins today prompting several temporary service changes.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Transit Board Delayed

Oct 17, 2012

Efforts to get the new county-wide transit authority going have been delayed.  Ann Arbor's city council says current AATA board members cannot also serve on the new board.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority board has approved filing the articles of incorporation for a new county-wide transit authority.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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