Sustainable Transportation

Public Transit

Sustainable transportation is any way of getting around that lowers your carbon footprint. That means walking, running, and biking, but it also means utilizing public transportation when available, carpooling when possible, and making the switch to energy alternative vehicles.

The Ecology Center has been the coordinating organization of Partners for Transit (P4T),  a coalition that supports improved and expanded public transit in Washtenaw County and the surrounding region.  P4T led efforts to educate the public about the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's (AAATA) Transit Improvement Plan for the county's urban core communities, funding for which was approved by an overwhelming majority of voters last Spring.  P4T coalition members plan to monitor progress in implementing the AAATA's plan, as well as continue to advocate for additional transit services for communities throughout Washtenaw County and the region that are part of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

Published on January 26, 2017


October 27, 2016
Regional Transit will improve our quality of life.  The regional transit plan will connect residents to 23 colleges, 310 schools, 22 hospitals, 100+ grocery stores, 410+ parks, 47 libraries and to entertainment and cultural opportunities throughout the four counties. 
September 28, 2016
Ann Arbor City Council, Washtenaw County Commission, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce, the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation, Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority and Ypsilanti Library Board have endorsed the regional transit millage on the Nov. 8th ballot. Vote YES!
August 25, 2016
It's undeniable. The energy burden is larger for low income households in the United States, and transportation costs play a big role.
June 29, 2016
The long awaited RTA Master Plan draft was released to the public on May 31st. The intention of the plan is to connect transit service between Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, enabling ease of travel between the counties and connecting to existing local service.
April 27, 2016
Many people talk about public transportation as an issue of access, mobility, safety, and economic development for people and businesses in Southeast Michigan. These issues are critical to our region, but public transportation has significant environmental advantages as well.
March 30, 2016
Southeast Michigan is one of the largest metropolitan regions in the country without a connected public transit network. Due to this disjointed regional transit situation, many jobs and communities in southeast Michigan remain inaccessible or far underserved.