Leaders in communities that backed the Washtenaw County transportation plan have begun talking about ways to meet the mass transit needs of residents.
Last year, a plan to create a countywide transportation authority was dashed because of a lack of support. Several communities, including the City of Saline, supported the plan.
Recently, Saline Mayor Brian Marl met with leaders from the cities of Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Superior townships and representatives from the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.
“As a core group, we’re still exploring whether there is some sort of transportation plan that can meet the needs of our residents,” Marl said. “We tossed around a few ideas in abstract and we will continue to discuss this issue in the future.”
Marl urged members of Saline City Council to attend a meeting at 5 p.m., March 28 at Pittsfield Township Hall. He said leaders from other interested Washtenaw County communities will attend.
“We want to discuss individual goals for the communities and to talk about what kinds of services we need to serve our citizens. And then we need to talk about ways to develop a plan, a way to govern, and a way it can be funded,” Marl said. “Our friends in Ann Arbor aren’t as enthusiastic about extending the (AATA) outside its corporate limits. But we have individuals in Saline who would benefit from public transportation.”
The meeting is open to the public.
Following the rejection of the Washtenaw County transit authority, the AATA announced it would begin working toward an urban core network that would serve communities that expressed interest in being part of a regional transit network. Those communities include the cities of Ann Arbor, Saline and Ypsilanti, and the townships of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield, Scio, Superior and Ypsilanti.
The countywide authority would have been partially funded by user fees and a countywide millage. The service would have included shuttles around town, a bus service in town, and bus service to Ann Arbor.