The future of our community depends on all of us, and expanding transit helps to create a more sustainable and resilient community in the face of climate change,” according to Yousef Rabhi, chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commisioners.
Rabhi and five other members of the board, representing the communities in the Ann Arbor Area Tranportation Authority service area, have endorsed the May 6 ballot proposal for a millage to support an ambitious plan to enhance public transportation in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.
“I am glad to join my colleagues on the Board in supporting this effort to bring more buses, more places, more often.”
“Public transportation is an essential part of our social service safety net in the County,” according to Commissioner Andy LaBarre. “Expanding transit services throughout Washtenaw’s urban core will improve access to crucial assets like our hospitals and human service agencies. It will also help better connect people to job centers, supporting the County’s workforce development strategy, and give every resident new alternatives to getting in their cars when they want to get around the County.”
In addition to Rabhi and LaBarre, commissioners who endorsed the millage campaign are Felicia Brabec, Rolland Sizemore Jr., Ronnie Peterson and Conan Smith.
The Ecology Center has joined with a broad coalition of environmental groups, civic organizations and business leaders to support the More Buses campaign, including the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, the Ypsilanti/Willow Run chapter of the NAACP, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice.
"This endorsement from the county commissioners who represent the areas that will see enhanced services when the millage is approved shows the broad support improved public transit has across our communities," according to Alexis Blizman, legislative and policy director at the Ecology Center.
In addition to its impact on reducing greenhouse gases, enhanced public transit also could lead to better land-use planning, reducing urban sprawl, another long-standing policy agenda for the Ecology Center.
Volunteers have begun contacting voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township to provide information about the issue and encourage their suppor on May 6. Those interested in supporting the campaign can sign up at MoreBuses.org.
EcoLink — March 2014
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