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Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA


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.

A proposed expansion of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township has hit a speed bump.  Ann Arbor City Council last night voted eight to three to postpone a decision on adding Ypsilanti Township as a member of the transit authority until its second meeting in November. 

Mayor John Hieftje says Ypsilanti Township has been paying for service for decades and doesn't understand the further delay in making them a part of The Ride. Some Council members say residents have concerns that proposed service expansions over the next five years will result in Ann Arbor subsidizing service for Ypsilanti Township. 

Officials with the AAATA say the two issues aren't connected but will continue to work towards expanded transit options for the urban core. 

Ypsilanti Township Supervisor Brenda Stumbo says the decision to join the AAATA as a member is showing the township's funding commitment.  Stumbo says the township has long paid for services from The Ride and will continue to do so going forward as part of the authority.

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