Michigan Public Transportation Annual Conference

The Michigan Public Transportation Annual Conference, hosted by the Michigan Public Transit Association, is fast approaching on August 22-24 at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.  Public transportation officials from throughout Michigan, along with representatives from MDOT, the FTA, and transit-affiliated vendors will convene from throughout the state and around the country to discuss issues important to the operation of Michigan's transit network, attend educational meetings and view the latest products during one of the midwest's largest state transit vendor exhibits.   Participating, and sponsoring, Diamond level vendors this year are:  Gillig LLC,  Michigan CLASS  and Q-Ryde. Ruby level sponsors are: Ecolane,FirstNet/AT&T,Hoekstra Transportation Inc.,LIFT-U,Maner Costerisan CPA,TESCO-Transportation Equipment Sales Corp.,Transdev,and Transit RE. 

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

Bus Fares Dropping in Saginaw September 1st: From WNEM TV News

STARS lowering rates for bus fare on Sept. 1SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) - The Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services announced it will be lowering bus fare prices on Sept. 1.Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the prices were $1.50 for the general public and $.75 for disabled residents and seniors. STARS announced on Sept. 1, the general public price will be $1 and $.50 for seniors and disabled residents.LIFT paratransit rides will decrease from $2.75 to $2. STARS said 30-day passes for mainline bus routes will decrease from $60 to $40.STARS will be providing updates with early bird specials and how to register a new account in the next days.Copyright 2022 WNEM. All rights reserved. 

Grant Training Opportunity

Grants Training in Dearborn, MI  -  September 15-16, 2022 City of Dearborn and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Dearborn, September 15-16, 2022.  This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find the funding sources and write winning grant proposals. Click here for full event details. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as healthcare organizations, nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.Tuition for Michigan Public Transit Association members and their staff is $465 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, workbook, and access to our Alumni Forum that's packed full of tools, helpful discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Please use the discount code "ASSN" at the time of registration to receive this $30 discount. (Several MPTA members have attended this training in the past and felt it was valuable information*)Groups of 5 or more receive a $50 discount per person.  Please call for details.  Payment is not required at the time of registration.More information including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration is available here.Contacts:Janet DarlingGrant Writing USA888.290.6237 toll* Comment from MPTA Exec. Director Clark Harder   

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