Study says residents support WALLY commuter rail between Ann Arbor and Howell
Washtenaw and Livingston county residents want to see a commuter rail between Ann Arbor and Howell. So says a market study released today by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority to gauge community support for the proposed Washtenaw-Livingston Line (WALLY) commuter rail.
The survey, conducted by Illium and Associates of Bellevue, Wash., is based on interviews with 100 Washtenaw County residents and 101 Livingston County residents within the areas along the proposed WALLY commuter rail line, according to AATA. The research report indicate 75 percent of Washtenaw County and 80 percent of Livingston County residents surveyed support the idea of WALLY, and 61 percent of respondents would be interested using WALLY for their daily commute. According to AATA, the survey also found a majority of Livingston and Washtenaw county respondents believe public transit services are important to the local economy.
First proposed in 2006, the AATA took over the project last year. The transit is a member of the WALLY Coalition, a broad-based group of community organizations seeking to determine the feasibility of a north-south commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Howell.
More on WALLY: • AATA: AATA agrees to take over WALLY • Concentrate: AATA to take over WALLY commuter rail project • Ann Arbor Observer: Closely watched trains - The trouble with WALLY • Wikipedia: WALLY (commuter rail) • Detroit News: Study calls Ann Arbor-Howell commuter rail line viable