AATA cuts service
lbw PIRGIM board
By JEFFREY WOLFF
The Ann(, Arbor Transportation
Authority (AATA) board last night
unanimously approved service cuts of
309 hours a week to take effect March
18. These cuts include the elimination of
Saturday Dial-A-Ride (DAR).
All the cutbacks are in DAR service,
dealing almost exclusively 'with
elimination or reductions of peak-hour
,service. The reduction of §aturday
DAR accounts for 125of the weekly
-hour cuts. AATA Operations Assistant
Henry Bonislawski said 2,585 people
currently use DAR on an average
Saturday. Regular fixed route service
will be extended with four new lines on
Saturday, but Bonislawski admits some
of these riders will "most certainly"
stop using AATA due to long walking
distances to the fixed route bus stops.
The cutbacks on weekdays represent
an average reduction of approximately
36 hours per day. The 'cuts consist of
removing peak hour vans which arrive
at Fourth and William in the West
Summit, Burns Park, and West.
Madison zones; discontinuing one of
two Miller vans during morning peak
hours; one van on the Packard-Platt
zone during evening peak hours; and
reducing service levels on the
Veteran's Administration} Hospital
route and Pontiac zone. Bonislawski
said there are now nearly 100 people
with daily standing orders for these
routes, and many more use these routes
less frequently. AATA currently
operates 4,271 hours a week. Saturday
DAR Now runs from 8:00 a.m. until 6:15
Board chairman Edwin Pear said
"No board member relishes the thought
of voting for service cuts but it is
something which has to be done." He
added that one advantageof the cuts
will be in "getting the house in order so
next year we will be able to set realistic
The cuts are the result of AATA"
Learning just last month that it was not
eligible for $500,000 in federal funds,
despite previous assurances to'the con-
trary. To-meet this sudden deficit, the
Department of State Highways and
Transportation (DSHT) offered AATA
$460,000. The service cuts are intended
to eliminate the remainder of the
The board voted last night to accept
the state offer which consists of a
$200,000 loan to be repaid with interest
and $260,000 from a recommended two-
year Demonstration and Development
Program. This $260,000, still awaiting
approval by the state legislature, was
previously intended for AATA expan-
PIRG' members elected seven
membeo the reform group's local
board ring elections this week.
Only 7IRGIM members voted in
the ellion, which had been post-
ponedr a month due to a lack of
ppIM coordinator Tom Moran
saidiat PIRGIM is concerned
abothe low election turnout and
theganization is stepping up effor-
ts combine PIRGIM elections
wi Michigan Student Assembly
(1A) elections in the spring.
combined election has been held
ihe past and nearly 3,000 votes
ye recorded. This figure is still far
tow the 12,500 PIRGIM members
io are eligible to vote. MSA
rpresentatives were not available
The seven PIRGIM members
lected this week are: Gary Claxton,
ark Klender, Marian Langelier,
John Leone, Steve Michaelson, Jon
Stromsta, and Paula Waterman.
The new board is expected to act on
a proposal at their first meeting next
week which will deal with the status
of the elections. Two seats will be
open in April for positions that will
be vacated by next fall. Elections for
those positions will be in April.
PIRGIM announced that it will
have better communications with
local news agencies in an attempt to
better their public relations.
Marian Langelier, who Was elec-
ted to the board for her third term,
said she thought MSA would approve
the combined elections. She added
that if MSA does not approve the
proposal, PIRGIM elections would
be held as close as possible to the
MSA elections. She also indicated
that more polling places would be
set up, weather permitting, and if
enough people volunteer to staff
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How long does it take to boil an egg?
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THESE QUESTIONS and more can
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However, the 24-hour GUIDE phone
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Advisor Evelyn Gauthier feels too
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"Someone wanted to know what is the
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HOWEVER, GUIDE answers more
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GUIDE's counseling function in-
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night calls generally are the more
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GUIDE operators are backed up by
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DAYTIME GUIDE workers are
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