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, martha@ecocenter.org, 734.369.9285.

Partners for Transit, when are we going to see more buses in Washtenaw County?

Earlier this week, the Partners for Transit coalition was reconvened to discuss our plans beyond the HUGE success on May 6.   We had a chance to discuss what this win means for our community and the Southeast Michigan region.

We invited Deb Freer of The Ride to offer updates regarding the 5 year plan and its implementation phases. Following the presentation, our partners had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how we can most effectively publicize these improvements.

So, the plan and all of the associated service enhancements is pretty thorough. Instead of describing every detail, we will offer key highlights we know many of you are excited about come August 2014. Don’t worry, full details on the August 2014 improvements are available here.

Please be sure to share this blog post with your friends and family. We won the service, now let’s be sure to make use of it come August 24th!

Service Improvements coming August 2014:

  • Week day service extended 1 hour later for route #:    1       2        4        5       6       7       8         9        10       11      12       15      16       17       22
  • New Service! Weekday evenings for route #:      3       13     14     20
  • Earlier & more frequent Saturday morning service for route #:     4
  • More Frequent Saturday afternoon service:       8
  • New Service! Saturday service added for route #:       13         14           20
  • Saturday evening service extended 1 hour later:      1         2            4            5           6         7         8         9         10         12           15         16           17         22
  • New Route (Huron-Textile) added with hourly service 7 days a week between Ypsilanti Transit Center and Ypsilanti District Library:   Route #46
  • A Ride: Extended weekday service until 11:45 pm, extended Saturday service until 7:45 pm, and expanded service area to include the area within ¾ mile of the new route #46.
  • Night Ride: Week day and Saturday service starting 1 hour later due to later bus service.

Great photos from the meeting below.