Bus

Ann Arbor, Mich. five-year plan moves forward

Posted on September 5, 2012

Ridership will increase by 50%, to an estimated 9.6 million passenger trips per year, on a new public transportation system for Michigan’s Washtenaw County residents and visitors, if all the proposed services are implemented under a five-year plan released by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA).

The new transit plan would make a significant impact on the environmental quality, economic affordability and accessibility of all communities within Washtenaw County from 2013-2018, said Michael G. Ford, AATA’s CEO.

The plan proposes an array of improvements throughout Washtenaw County, including:

  • A 56% increase in service hours in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
  • More service for Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Saline and other communities.
  • More frequent service.
  • More routes and fewer transfers.
  • More affordable fare choices.
  • Extended weekend and late-night service.

The new AATA report, officially titled the “Five-Year Transit Program,” includes projected operating and capital expenses of the program that total nearly $223 million over the five-year period. The five-year expenditures would be offset by an estimated $184.2 million in revenue, resulting in a “gap” of $38.8 million. The Five-Year Transit Program also shows the system currently provides six million rides annually, with projected growth of 3.6 million rides by 2018.

To finance these improvements, transit officials plan to seek a countywide levy of 0.584 mills – an amount that would cost about $1 a week for most Washtenaw County taxpayers. The millage may go before voters as soon as May 2013.

Additional funding for countywide mass transit enjoys support from a clear majority of Washtenaw County residents. A March AATA survey, for example, shows 59% of likely voters in Washtenaw County support a new 1-mill property tax that would fund a new countywide public transit agency. The Five-Year Transit Program calls for a new millage that is almost half that amount, which should strengthen support for a 2013 millage request, Ford said.

The new report creates a short-term plan for public transportation in Washtenaw County and creates the blueprint to begin implementing the 30-Year vision previously developed. The vision is a culmination of two years of work in obtaining input from citizens, officials and civic leaders representing local governments from throughout county.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Innovative maintenance helps St. Louis Metro bus log 1 million miles

Program has been able to extend the lifespan of buses by 25% and decrease the rate of breakdowns by 85%.

UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus begins depot trials

The 38-foot Alexander Dennis Ltd. Enviro200 bus is being piloted by Stagecoach.

METRO launches submissions process for Innovative Solutions Awards

This is a great opportunity to highlight the successes of your bus operation or company.

STV|DPM relocates Connecticut bus facility

Through a management contract with Connecticut Department of Transportation, NET provides public bus transit services in the greater Waterbury, Meriden, and Wallingford areas.

California's NCTD implements bus stop optimization program

Approximately 90 bus stops were identified for removal or consolidation based on the review.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation