Washtenaw County Leaders Support Regional Transit Ballot Proposal

In the past few weeks the 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 all publicly endorsed the regional transit millage on the Nov. 8th ballot. Passing the 20-year, 1.2-mill proposal going to the voters in southeast Michigan (Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties) is vital for working citizens to access jobs, for senior citizens and those living with a disability to maintain their independence, and is essential for our region to grow economically.

The resolution passed by the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chamber states that “Washtenaw County and our region will benefit greatly from the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) proposal, as it will help Washtenaw County address our increasing economic inequities and inequalities by improving access to jobs and services for our residents. For all of these important reasons, the A2Y Chamber fully supports the RTA proposal and encourages our members to do the same on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016.”

Some of the benefits Washtenaw County can expect to see include:

  • Commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit with frequent stops in between, including Ypsilanti and Dearborn.
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) services throughout southeast Michigan, including along Washtenaw Avenue between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
  • New express bus services to Ann Arbor, Plymouth, and Livonia for commuters along the Plymouth Road Corridor.
  • Expanded paratransit services throughout the region.

“The city of Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan cannot expect to compete economically with other major metropolitan areas without a modern, effective and reliable public transit system,” the resolution passed by the Ann Arbor City Council states.

It is clear that one by one, our community leaders are hopping on board the regional transit train and we couldn’t be more proud. It is time for our region to join the 21st century and create a transit system that works for everybody. This November, with your help, we can create a regional transit system that is truly rapid, reliable and regional! Vote YES for regional transit this November!

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Published on September 28, 2016