The More Buses campaign is up and running!

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Hello supporters!

We’ve been working all year on transit improvements that will work for our community. That’s why we’re happy to report that the More Buses campaign is up and running.

But it isn’t going to be easy. On Friday, a group calling themselves “Better Transit Now” formed to oppose the AAATA’s May 6 Transit Improvement Millage. Their choice of name, clearly created to deceive and confuse the public, offers no alternative plan. They have no interest in connecting our communities or expanding service to our most vulnerable citizens.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! There are only 71 days until the May 6 election. We need to get the word out and rally our voters. We need volunteers to help us make phone calls and knock on doors to ensure that our communities get the transit improvements they need.

Click here to sign up for updates & join the campaign by volunteering >>

You can also help show your support for the More Buses campaign by liking on Facebook; and you can show your support to all your friends by changing your profile picture on FB to the More Buses badge (right-click this image to download):

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If we work together, the communities of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Twp. can have More Buses, More Places, More Often!

Thank you for all your support.  

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The Ann Arbor News: Tax for improved transit services in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti will go on May ballot

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Bus commuters wait to catch an AAATA bus in downtown Ann Arbor on a recent afternoon. (Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News)
Ryan Stanton | ryanstanton@mlive.comBy Ryan Stanton | ryanstanton@mlive.com Follow on Twitter
on February 21, 2014 at 5:34 AM, updated February 21, 2014 at 7:32 AM

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s governing board voted unanimously Thursday night to place the question on the ballot in the three communities that make up the official membership of the AAATA.

The owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 (and a taxable value of $50,000) would pay $35 per year under the proposed 0.7-mill levy.

Jeff_Irwin_022014_RJS_02.jpgState Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, speaks in support of an expansion of AAATA transit services Thursday night.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News

The owner of a home with a market value of $200,000 (and a taxable value of $100,000) would pay $70 per year.

Ann Arbor News: 10-week debate over transit expansion in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti starts now

If you live in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti or Ypsilanti Township, expect to hear a lot about public transit over the next 10 weeks.

Expect to see advertisements, possibly even yard signs. Expect a knock on your door. And expect a rigorous community debate about transit funding and service levels.

A man exits an AAATA bus in downtown Ann Arbor on Friday.Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News

Less than 24 hours after the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority voted Thursday night to place a new 0.7-mill transit tax on the May 6 ballot in the three communities, two separate campaigns with competing messages were off and running.

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Survey shows voters support new tax for expanded transit in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

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By a 2-to-1 margin, residents in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township say they’d likely approve a tax increase to fund expanded public transit services.

That’s according to a new survey conducted by CJI Research on behalf of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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The survey found 63 percent of voters in the three communities either probably would or definitely would vote in favor of a new tax of less than 1 mill.

About 31 percent said they probably would or definitely would vote no, while 6 percent were undecided.

Read the full story here>>