Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti voters approve TheRide’s transit millage

A TheRide bus in downtown Ann Arbor. (Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority)

ANN ARBOR – Voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township approved the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s millage in Tuesday’s primary election.

TheRide’s 2.38 mil property tax with the aim to improve and expand public transit service in the area passed with 61% of the vote. The new millage and services will not go into effect until 2024.

“We’re thrilled that the millage passed and we thank the citizens of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township for their support and understanding of the value of public transit in our community. We now begin the work to set plans in place for 2024,” CEO of TheRide Matt Carpenter said in a statement.

“Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the voters of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township who supported our vision for the future of public transit in Washtenaw County,” TheRide Board of Directors Chair Eric Mahler said in a statement. “TheRide will work tirelessly to execute our Long Range Plan to bring the services this region needs to continue be one of the most vital and livable counties in Michigan.”

According to a release, the millage will include:

  • Maintaining current service
    Continue providing essential transportation service in the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area
  • Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Express Route
    Limited-stop express route along Washtenaw Ave. decreasing travel time by 30%
  • Increased Frequency of Service
    More buses on the weekends, increasing all 60-minute service to every 30-minutes
  • Longer hours of Service
    Earlier Saturday service and consistently longer hours of operation on both weekday and weekend evenings
  • Expanded Overnight Service
    Add overnight and holiday service and expand NightRide to all of City of Ypsilanti, all of Ypsilanti Twp north of Textile Road
  • Customer Service Agents at the Ypsilanti Transit Center
    In-person agents and office improvements at Ypsilanti Transit Center allowing ticket sales and in-person customer service.
  • Capital Improvements
    Capital fund for future projects such as terminals, BRT, zero-emission buses, garage, etc.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.