Scio Considers WAVE Contract Extension, Ponders Millage For Second Bus to Baker Road

The question of approving an extension of the current bus service agreement with the WAVE (Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express) for a term from August 3, 2015 to August 2, 2016 was discussed at the July 14 meeting of the Scio Township board.

The township’s contract included Saturday service last year for a total cost of $30,500. Due to reduced funding from government sources, WAVE is requesting an annual cost of $34,000. That represents an increase of $3,500, which will be charged to the general fund.

For more reporting on discussion and actions from the Tuesday, July 14, 2015 regular meeting of the Scio Township Board of Trustee, visit the following link here.

Michael Benham, Special Assistant for Strategic Planning for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, addressed the board. He brought up the possibility of adding a second bus that would service Jackson Road west to Baker Road.

Michael  Benham
Michael Benham

“A second bus would be an additional cost at an estimated $100,000 a year,” said Benham.

Township Supervisor Spaulding Clark said that the possibility exists of putting a millage to pay for a second bus on the ballot in November of this year. In order to do so, the board must decide by the first week in August.

WAVE provides bus service from Chelsea to Ann Arbor including weekend service. Scio Township has had a contractual relationship with WAVE that provides for Community Connector bus service on Jackson Road between Zeeb Road and Wagner Road, specifically within Parkland Plaza (the Scio Urban Route.)

According to Michaelene Pawlak, executive director of WAVE,, ridership at the Parkland Plaza stop has increased more than 20 percent through the first three months of the year.

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