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State Road Fix Plan Could Cost Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Millions

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

As lawmakers in Lansing debate how to fix the state's roads, a casualty could be plans to expand public transit options in Washtenaw County. 

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority plans to increase service by 44 percent over the next five years, thanks largely to the transit millage approved by voters this year. Those plans could be in jeopardy if the road funding plan approved by the house goes forward. It would cost the AAATA nearly $2 million annually.

But as AAATA Board Chair Charles Griffith says, the House's plan isn't the only road funding option. "On the flip side, if the Senate version went through, that could mean some increase in transit funding over the next year. Which would allow us to perhaps exceed our plans," Griffith says.

Governor Rick Snyder supports the Senate plan, but Griffith thinks a compromise is more likely. He's hoping that public transportation isn't what's compromised.

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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