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Posted on Sat, May 25, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

Ypsilanti DDA awards $20K grant to AATA for improvements at Ypsilanti Transit Center

By Katrease Stafford

The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority has awarded the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority a $20,000 grant to go toward $500,000 in improvements at the Ypsilanti Transit Center.

At its May 16 YDDA Board meeting, the board overwhelmingly agreed to support the programs and services provided to Ypsilanti by the AATA.


The Ypsilanti Transit Center on Pearl Street in downtown Ypsilanti. file photo

The DDA board stated that since the AATA has increased its investment in both services and infrastructure to the DDA districts in recent years, it decided to give a grant.

The one-time grant's funds will come from the fund balance reserves of the Downtown, Depot Town and West Cross Street districts.

The grant follows a recent resolution from the Ypsilanti City Council that requested the DDA to consider giving the funds.

Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber, who also sits on the DDA board, said some of the funds will be used to improve the signage at the transit center. Schreiber said the AATA has about $500,000 in planned improvements. Future money could be given to the AATA by the DDA, Schreiber said.

"There was a comment about in future budgeting to have some sort of expenditure for public transportation," Schreiber said. "I will say that $20,000 is not much when you compare it to other revenues for the AATA like from the Ann Arbor DDA, but for the Ypsilanti DDA, which has about a $500,000 budget, it's about 4 percent of the budget. It's a significant monetary transfer."

The Ypsilanti City Council passed a resolution April 23 in support of requesting membership within the AATA. Schreiber said the AATA has passed a resolution acknowledging Ypsilanti's request and further discussion will occur at a later date.

Schreiber said the next step would be for the AATA board to pass a resolution approving the request. The AATA's articles of incorporation, originally approved in 1975 and amended in 1978, would have to be approved by the Ann Arbor City Council, the AATA Board and the Ypsilanti City Council.

Schreiber said he's hopeful the request will be approved.

"I think there's a lot of positive comments," Schreiber said. "The request fits in with their mission and the previous effort of a regional authority. I'm just looking forward to the board's decision and I hope they do accept it. I think it's a great opportunity for Ypsilanti to work with the Ann Arbor City Council and to strengthen regional cooperation immensely."

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Nicholas Urfe

Sun, May 26, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

Ypsi taxpayers should fund their own bus infrastructure. There is absolutely no reason for ann arbor taxpayers to subsidize them or pay their way. Those types of giveaways are why so many Ann Arbor residents oppose the AATA expansion agenda. We are not ypsi or wayne county's "wallet". This is a great reason why A2 DDA money neeeds to go back to the A2 taxpayers. They obviously have more cash than they know what to do with in A2.


Thu, May 30, 2013 : 9:16 p.m.

Some Ann Arbor people want poor people to work there cheap for them, then bus them back to Ypsianti!


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 4:16 p.m.

The"Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority" has awarded the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority a $20,000 grant to go toward $500,000 in improvements at the Ypsilanti Transit Center.


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 3:33 a.m.

Why is money from A2 going to Ypsi if we cant afford to fund schools, police, firefighters, or basic services adequately?


Sun, May 26, 2013 : 4:16 p.m.

The "Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority" has awarded the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority a $20,000 grant to go toward $500,000 in improvements at the Ypsilanti Transit Center.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 8:13 p.m.

Is it appropriate that a tax-funded entity gives grants to another tax-funded entity? Seems like there's a lot of potential for impropriety here.

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, May 25, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

Why are my Ann Arbor dollars going to Ypsilanti?


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

OH! You're talking about the improvements to the YTC; the $500K that AATA plans to spend "in Ypsi," right? OKAY. So, that's like part of the AATA. It's their facility. They want it to be nice and pretty and new. That's good, right? It's not like our taxes are gifted to Ypsi and they are spending them willy-nilly. A2 has a business with operational facilities in Ypsi. It's investing in itself. That's why, I guess.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 9:38 p.m.

What? I read the article but I cannot figure out what you're getting at. Please explain.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

Please move the Transit Center somewhere outside the city limits or provide police protection during hours of operation.


Sat, May 25, 2013 : 8:54 p.m.

I've never had a problem there. I ride the bus all the time to Ann Arbor from Ypsilanti and I always have a pretty good experience.

Leah Gunn

Sat, May 25, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

Thank you Mayor Schreiber for recognizing the contributions from the AnnArbor DDA. It pays for the GoPass (about $550,000 annually) thus enabling people who work in downtown Ann Arbor to ride for free, and also recently allocated $70,000 to enhance the service on the Packard and Washtenaw routes to and from Ypsilanti. We are happy to see our partners in Ypsilanti also recognize the value of the AATA.