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Posted on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

Democrats to discuss future of public transit in Washtenaw County at Saturday forum

By Ryan J. Stanton

A conversation about the future of public transit in Washtenaw County is planned for Saturday as two groups of local Democrats team up to host a panel discussion.

The Ann Arbor Democratic Party and the Washtenaw County Democratic Party are co-hosting a Unity Meeting from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield Township administration building at 6201 W. Michigan Ave. The time was changed from an original 3 p.m. start.

The discussion is being moderated by Michael Henry, co-chair of the Ann Arbor Democratic Party. Henry said he's expecting discussion of the proposed countywide transit authority, the four-party agreement the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is waiting for the county and Ypsilanti to approve, transit funding sources and tax burdens throughout the county.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Jesse Bernstein, AATA board chairman
  • Sabra Briere, Ann Arbor City Council member
  • Stephen Kunselman, Ann Arbor City Council member
  • Many Grewal, Pittsfield Township supervisor
  • Vivienne Armentrout, former Washtenaw County commissioner and local blogger
  • Lois Richardson, Ypsilanti mayor pro tem (invited not confirmed)
  • Gretchen Driskell, Saline mayor (invited not confirmed)

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to hold a working session on March 22 to discuss the AATA transit expansion and consider the four-party agreement for a countywide authority in April. The Ann Arbor City Council already approved the agreement.

Organizers say the event is family friendly and light activities for children will be provided. Anyone with crayons and art supplies to donate are encouraged to bring them.

For more information, contact Mary Hall-Thiam at or 734-635-2967.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.


Basic Bob

Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 1:57 p.m.

I guess there is no chance of a bus down Michigan Avenue. Grewal will shoot down any route that brings county east siders to Walmart. Driskell will reject a bus bringing them to Saline.


Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.



Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 12:07 p.m.

Topcat and arborcomment say it all..put these kiddies on their happy bus and send them to see Miss Francis at ding dong school...a fitting venue for our very own " little rascals "....


Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 2:10 a.m.

Proposal #1: Get a bus. Put them on it. Leave town. Don't come back.


Sat, Mar 17, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

Arborcomment, you rock! Couldn't agree more.

Top Cat

Fri, Mar 16, 2012 : 8:12 p.m.

This forum would be much more productive if the crayons and art supplies were given to the panelists.