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Posted on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

Ypsilanti approves resolution requesting to become part of AATA

By Katrease Stafford

The city of Ypsilanti is one step closer to joining the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, after city council passed a resolution Tuesday night in support of requesting membership.

Council Member Pete Murdock brought forth the resolution that was passed unanimously, with Council Member Daniel Vogt absent.


The city of Ypsilanti may request joining the AATA to continue providing transit services to its residents.

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"We recognize the value of public transportation to our economy," Murdock said.

"But we've been having difficulties as we have with everything else and have gone through various attempts to provide that. We've reached the position where the way to move forward is to have the regional authority.There is interest in other communities in becoming part of a transit authority and it just seems to us it's time to get the discussion seriously going."

Schreiber requested City Clerk Frances McMullen send the resolution to the Ann Arbor City Council. The resolution also will be sent to the AATA for consideration.

Mayor Pro Tem Lois Richardson said the request is "long overdue."

"When I first started on council, I tried several times to drum up interest," Richardson said.

Mayor Paul Schreiber said the request comes at the right time, as the AATA looks to strengthen its "urban core" of transit users.

In 2010, Ypsilanti voters overwhelmingly approved a 0.9789 transit charter millage by a 3-1 margin, reinforcing the need and want for transit in the Ypsilanti community, Schreiber said.

"I think this is a great move and not only that, it's really the only move we can make," Schreiber said.

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Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 12:39 p.m.

On two fronts, Ypsilanti's move rightly signals full involvement in meeting their transportation needs and also properly signals a start of a regional system involving those cities in the core of Washtenaw County. This should have been AATA's approach instead of overreaching for a countywide system even they knew would not work for there was no way smaller rural cities detached from the larger urban core would accept or pay for that. Maybe then other medium sized cities like Chelsea, Dexter, Pittsfield Township and Saline will hop aboard and make this work.


Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 1:02 p.m.

No. The rest of the county is not going to subsidize buses running between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti City. Those outside of the 2 cities don't want, don't need, and can't afford the high cost AATA. Buses don't work well in cornfields. We prefer cars.


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 10:40 a.m.

Ann Arbor taxpayers don't need to supplement transportation for Ypsilanti residents.

Mary Ann Barbary

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

Not to mention the fact that Ypsi provides the only affordable housing for many workers who serve AA residents.


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 12:32 p.m.

Ypsilanti taxpayers also pay for AATA operations. Maybe do a little research before you post?


Thu, Apr 25, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.

It will now be known as YAATA. As in yaata dabba do ...