Multiple Transit Millage Proposals Pass Across Michigan

As has become the pattern in recent years, multiple local transit millage proposals, mostly renewals, passed with overwhelming support across all parts of Michigan yesterday, with no defeats reported.  Perhaps the most significant passage was a new substantial millage increase in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti service area of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority:ANN ARBOR, MI – The voters of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township approved TheRide’s millage request to expand and improve transit service with the majority vote of 61%. Though approved now, the new 2.38 mil property tax and services will not go into effect until 2024. TheRide’s millage helps increase equity within the community and provide more access to jobs, education, shopping and healthcare. “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,” Matt Carpenter, CEO of TheRide said. “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,” Eric Mahler, TheRide Board of Directors Chair said. “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.”  TheRide’s plan for the next millage includes:

  • 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%
  • More buses on the weekends, increasing all 60-minute service to every 30-minutes
  • Earlier Saturday service and consistently longer hours of operation on both weekday and weekend evenings
  • Add overnight and holiday service and expand NightRide to all of City of Ypsilanti, all of Ypsilanti Twp north of Textile Road
  • In-person agents and office improvements at Ypsilanti Transit Center allowing ticket sales and in-person customer service.
  • Capital fund for future projects such as terminals, BRT, zero-emission buses, garage, etc.
  • Increased Frequency of Service
  • Longer hours of Service
  • Expanded Overnight Service
  • Customer Service Agents at the Ypsilanti Transit Center
  • Capital Improvements