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.

 

May 6 Win for More Buses! Now what?

A little over a month ago, community members residing in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, & Ypsilanti Township witnessed a HUGE win for transit!  Partners for Transit exists because we know how important transit is to our community – and that improvements were needed. Near the end of 2013, we learned about the significant improvements that could come with the AAATA’s Five-Year Transit Improvement Plan, specifically the proposed 44% increase in bus service.

The service plan would bring forth a number of benefits for our community, but we knew funding was critical to making this great plan a reality.  That’s why Partners for Transit decided to advocate for the Ride’s Five-Year Transit Improvement Plan.  Thanks to our organizing efforts, the AAATA board expanded its service area to include Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township, approved the final plan, and gave registered voters the opportunity to vote on whether or not they supported a .7 millage to fund the service plan.

Once the decision was made to allow the voters to decide, Partners for Transit members took the lead in the nine-week More Buses campaign.  We hit the ground running with constant outreach to registered voters, social media promotion, and one-on-one outreach.  We had over 35 organizations working as the More Buses campaign to help get out the YES vote on May 6.

During the campaign, we heard criticism based on misleading information and did not want folks to go to the polls ill-informed. We went door-to-door and made personal phone calls so voters had facts about proposed service improvements and the true costs they could expect.

Voter support was truly overwhelming. The stories from individual riders about what increased service meant to  people’s livelihoods nourished our organizing efforts and fueled the More Buses campaign.

We knew there were possibilities of losing, but we continued to push forward collectively.  Our volunteers were persistent, our partners were determined, and our campaign was focused.

As we awaited the results on the evening of May 6, all of our hope was contained inside one room across from the Aut Bar in Kerry Town.  We stood together as results came in, ward by ward, and finally someone shouted, “I think it’s safe to say… We won it!” The room filled with smiles, cheers, and tears.

On May 6, 2014 71% of voters across the three communities voted YES and collectively we were able to approve something that would make the urban core of Washtenaw County and its people stronger!  We were able to bring to the urban core of Washtenaw County.

On May 6, 2014 71% of voters across the three communities voted YES and collectively we were able to approve something that would make the urban core of Washtenaw County and its people stronger!  We were able to bring More Buses, More Places, More Often to the urban core of Washtenaw County.

Now, where do we go from here? We always knew our organizing efforts would continue beyond May 6.  Our 30+ Partners for Transit must continue to communicate service changes and improvements as well as continue to voice our needs as implementation commences.

Additionally, we must communicate, mediate, and engage residents we serve so that they are aware of public transportation service improvements available.  This win means so much for our community, we ask that you stay connected and please be sure to check out our video campaign that explains why transit matters to residents in this community.  Finally, don’t forget to follow us in our various social media platforms so that you are up to date on transit activities happening in the area!

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The More Buses campaign is up and running!

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.