March 2015

March Newsletter

Local Transit Organizing-Scio Township Transit Story from Judy

Judy Dinesen is a resident of Scio Township who recently shared with us why public transportation is so important to her and her community. 

Chilly Winters and Warm Solutions by Emilia Gutierrez

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Great Lakes Region experienced an extremely above normal amount of freezing days this past winter. Most Michiganders don’t need to read a weather report to know this because they’re faced with this frigid reality on a daily basis during our cold months…read more here…

Check Out Our New Donation Option!

We are excited to offer you the chance to support our campaign efforts financially via our new donation option on our Partners for Transit website. Check it out here!

May 2015 Vote- Update from the Field

The May vote on the Michigan Sales Tax Increase for Transportation Amendment, often referred to as Proposal 1, is coming up next month. Check out this great overview of the proposal to learn more about the measure.

The Ride Appoints a New CEO

University of Michigan grad Matt Carpenter has been appointed as the new CEO of the AAATA. Learn more about Carpenter’s background here. 

P4T Scio Township Transit Team: Organizing and Taking Action

In case you missed the public action at the Scio Township Board of Trustees Meeting last month, P4T Scio Township Transit Team shared their experience with Ecology Center supporters in theirJanuary newsletter.

We also want to share the power point that the AAATA presented at the meeting regarding the proposed public transportation service plan and the community survey to gather public opinion on transit needs in Scio Township, Scio Area Plan – January 2015.

The P4T Scio Township Transit Team is working to inform, engage, and activate community members  to show support for transit expansion in Scio Township.  We hope that the survey results, first hand accounts, and continued community support for our organizing efforts will result in improved transit infrastructure to make our community better connected to urban core transit services in the county.

Rolling into the New Year with Momentum!


Greetings Partners for Transit Supporters,

We hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday season. As we begin this new year together, we would like to review our accomplishments and give an update about what’s ahead.

Here are a few things that we have accomplished in such a little amount of time.

First, I want to recognize the accomplishments of our new Scio Township Partners for Transit campaign that has recently been formed.

  • We have formed a core team that represents hope and action for better transit in Scio Township.
  • We have collectively initiated a campaign that has gained us over 21 endorsements.
  • We have engaged community groups and offered them an opportunity to take action with our campaign.

And now we are preparing for our first action of 2015!  On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015, the Scio Township Board of Trustees will be voting on a measure that would provide funding for a survey that will go out to residents in our community. They want to know if residents really want bus service. We are planning to present our concerns regarding the lack of transit and communicate transit as a community priority. During the public comment portion of the meeting, we are asking for your support to stand with our team who will be speaking in favor of transit expansion and in favor of community input about transit needs. Let’s come together to make our voices heard. The meeting is at 7:00pm at Scio Township Hall, which is located at 827 N. Zeeb Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103. If you plan on attending please arrive early so that we can communicate prior to the start of the meeting. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP here.

Scio Township Hall

Scio Township Hall

Can’t make the meeting but still would like to support our campaign? Feel free to sign and share our petition and check out our other upcoming events.

Have you heard? P4T is throwing a party!

august 25 celebration

Partners for Transit met in June to discuss our plans for the coming months. Our partners felt a proper celebration and recognition of all our community efforts was in store. Passing the millage to fund the new services coming to our community this month was a lot of work!  Since June, a planning committee was formed to coordinate a celebration of all OUR hard work.

We want to celebrate the new services and we want to celebrate all of YOU who helped make this happen for OUR community! The support for improving and expanding transit in our community is REAL!

Join us in celebrating this historic transit success on Monday, August 25th. The celebration will commence at 5:00 PM and end at 7:30 PM. We will host this community celebration at the Ladies’ Literary Club, 218 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.

We will have a fun photo booth, refreshments, great food, & give-aways!

There will be signage near and around the venue for designated parking locations. The venue location is 2 blocks North of the Ypsilanti Transit Center as well. Also, the venue is wheel chair accessible.

We are looking forward to this event. Please share the invite. For more information and to RSVP please click here.

For questions about the event, you can contact Martha B. Valadez, Transit Organizer with the Ecology Center,, 734.369.9285.