We're supporting better transit options for Washtenaw's 'urban core'
Petition to be delivered to local officials
“Although the case for improved transit is overwhelming, both environmentally and economically, the issue is not a slam dunk,” according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the Ecology Center. “Without strong public support, we could see service cuts instead of improvements.”
After encountering resistance to a county-wide plan late last year, local elected officials have begun work on a plan to improve public transit in Washtenaw County's "urban core," the more densely populated eastern half of the county, encompassing more than 220,000 people Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Pittsfield Township and Scio Township.
The Ecology Center is working with Partners for Transit—including the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, the NAACP Ypsilanti-Willow Run branch, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and the Center for Independent Living, which serves people with disabilities—to build support for the plan.
“Better transit means increased connectivity to nearby cities, townships and villages; reduced urban congestion; less pressure on limited parking resources; and increased services, extended hours and more direct routes for people who rely on transit for work, school, medical appointments and other basic needs,” Patel says.
The Ecology Center is gathering signatures on an on-line petition to be presented to local government officials as they consider transit plans for the future.
“We want them to know that the public supports improvements to our transit options,” Patel says. “That’s why we’re asking supporters to sign this petition to let local elected officials know how important transit is to us and to Washtenaw County’s future.”
EcoLink — March 2013 Ecolink An online publication of the Ecology Center