Wreak havoc in Annarbour. Vote more buses.


You know I’m joking, right? As we’ve discussed in the past, the plan to expand AAATA service is good for everyone in the region. I’m just still a little miffed at the suggestion, made by the anti-tax folks, that buses only serve to bring undesirables into Ann Arbor from Ypsilanti. Whatever your motivation, whether it be to increase transportation options for the elderly in Ypsi township, make it easier for the people making your sandwiches at Zingerman’s to get to work in the morning, or facilitate the transfer of hoodlums across the Ann Arbor border, please join me in voting yes today, and increasing local bus service by 44%.

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  1. Ozone House
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Today, residents of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township
    have the opportunity to vote on a ballot initiative to expand transit in those three communities. How will this help youth & families who seek a safe place at Ozone House?

    In short, it will fund expanded service routes-especially to communities in Ypsilanti Twp and Ypsilanti that currently do not have any bus service-as well as more frequent buses, more weekend and evening service, and improved bus stops. Increased transit services in the community will provide significant benefits for youth at Ozone House, and those youth who still haven’t been able to reach Ozone House.

    • Increased transit service would help young people in crisis, fleeing unsafe circumstances, get to the safety of Ozone House much faster.
    • Increased transit service would mean youth at our Miller House program would not have to turn down employment that starts early in the morning, or ends late at night.
    • Increased transit service would mean more youth who need it could get to our Drop-In Center in Ypsilanti for a hot meal or a shower. And youth could stay at the Drop-In Center later, without the fear of getting stuck there with no transportation home.

    PLEASE VOTE YES FOR 0.7 mills over 5 years! (This averages out to $35/year for a $100k homeowner.)

  2. L.D.
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    I would love to send those undesirable anti tax folks out of Ann Arbor- by bus, of course!

  3. Vick Pizzacrust
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Please hurry. There’s a neighborhood in Ann Arbor that I’ve wanted to rob for years, but I just haven’t had a way to get there.

  4. Posted May 6, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    This morning I saw that some of the Better Transit Now signs sprung up overnight in the median on Wallace in Normal Park. The anti-millage campaign has been very Ann Arbor-centric. Still, it really struck me as out of touch to place signs targeting an Ann Arbor audience (“stop 34% transit tax increase”) in Ypsilanti.

  5. KKT
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Will these new buses have lots of room for loot storage?

  6. anonymous
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Yes, KKT, with these new buses, you’ll be able to strap not only bikes, but large screen televisions on the front. And some are even equipped with meth labs.

  7. Manifex Saltmarsh
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    It works both ways, you know. Better bus service will also help those of us who need to get to Ypsilanti to poop on slides.

  8. Stig
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    There’s video of the Better Transit Now campaign.


  9. Anonymous
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Bitter Transit Now

  10. Elf
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    “These buses can be used to crash right though the gates of gated communities,” said an unidentified Ypsilantian.

  11. Posted May 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Gillian Ream Gainsley just sent the following report: “So far so good. 83 percent yes in the first 3 precincts”

  12. Dan
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Were the buses stopping at the voting precincts?

  13. Brainless
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Excuse me Elf. Much like “Michigander”, we prefer Ypsilanturds”.

  14. Frosted Flakes
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Regarding: “buses only serve to bring undesirables from Ypsilanti to Ann Arbor”.

    I wish your powers of (honest) interpretation were as strong as your powers to spin.

    Many anti tax people want more resources allocated toward more direct routes within Ann Arbor rather than more resources allocated toward bringing people in from outlying areas to the center of town.

    I am pro tax for more buses but I don’t like it when opposing points of view are distorted for political gain.

  15. Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    The official results can be found here… As of right now, it’s 72% “yes,” but that’s with only about 2% of precincts counted.

  16. Posted May 6, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    You’re right, FF. If you read my earlier posts on the subject, I was quite a bit more even handed. The comment on their site about the poor from Ypsilanti really rubbed me the wrong way, though. But you’re right, I won’t be winning any journalism awards for my recent coverage.

  17. Posted May 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    As the folks at the Ecology Center are declaring victory, I guess it’s safe to celebrate… Thanks to all of you who played a part in making this happen. Our community is better for it.

  18. james williams
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I am glad it passed. I even took the time to get an absentee ballot, since I am out of town this week.

  19. james williams
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    also, damn you for sneaking in those Common Core word sentence things into your website!!!

  20. Glen S.
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    In the City of Ypsilanti, the result was 83% “Yes” to 17% “No.”

    Nice work everybody!

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