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Page 10-Friday, January 23, 1981-The Michigan Daily
AATA may propose taxis
for all-night Dial-A-Ride

The Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority will likely propose in
February an all-night Dial-A-Ride ser-
vice using local taxicabs, according to
AATA Executive Director Richard
Simonetta spoke of the plan at Wed-
nesday's AATA board meeting, which
was also attended by members of the
Public Interest Research Group in
Michigan women's safety task force.
The PIRGIM group appealed to AATA
earlier in the year to try to maintain
some type of all-night bus service.
The use of AATA vehicles and
drivers, however, had been rpled out by
AATA officials as too costly. So the two

groups began looking for alternatives.
AATA AND PIRGIM officials spoke
with members of the Urban Mass Tran-.
sportation Administration and transit
authorities in Bay City, Mich. and
Orange County, Calif. to learn of
similar programs using taxis.
Task Force member Leslie Fried
said AATA is exploring the possibility
of subcontracting with area cab com-
panies to provide the service.
The taxi plan crossed a major hurdle
last last year when AATA employees
and management reached agreement
on a new contract. The new pact allows
AATA to subcontract with taxi com-
panies for night service, which was im-
possible under the old contract.

Simonetta said AATA has discussed
the idea with Yellow Cab Co., but no
concrete proposal exists. Some
problems have to be ironed out,
Simonetta said, due to the independent
nature of the taxi business.
Simonetta said riders would probably
pay a flat rate which would partially
fund the plan. It is not certain what
other sources would be used to cover
the remaining costs, he added.
Simonetta said AATA and PIRGIM
have asked the Urban Mass Transpor-
tation Administration to consider spon-
soring the plan as a demonstration
project, which would make it eligible
for funding. UMTA has not made any
promises, Simonetta said. "We're just
testing the water," he explained.

AP Ph1rto
.Poles ,persist
Workers in Warsaw, Poland staged "warning strikes" in at least 10 cities yesterday and threatened more to come after
high-level talks failed to resolve the conflict over the length of the work week.

Plasmatics show
canceled after
singer collapses

An appearance by the rock band The
Plasmatics, rescheduled for last night
at Second Chance, was again canceled
Thursday afternoon. Tom Stackler,
head of Prism Productions (which
booked the show), said the cancellation
was due to the collapse of Plasmatics
lead singer Wendy -Williams in
Cleveland Wednesday night.
Stackler said Williams was taken to a
Cleveland hospital, where she was
examined and released in the care of
band manager Rod Swenson. She said
doctors had forbidden Williams to per-
form for the next week; he added that
the band's Ann Arbor date will not be
THE CONCERT was originally
scheduled for Monday night, but was
re-scheduled following the arrest of
Swenson and Williams in Milwaukee
Sunday night.
The arrests came after Williams;
allegedly made obscene gestures with a
sledgehammer handle, her hands, and,
a microphone. She was also charged 1
with resisting arrest and battery of a;
police officer. Swenson was also


... collapsed Wednesday night
charged with obstructing and resisting
Stackler said the cause of Williams'
collapse is uncertain, but she may have
been related to an injury she allegedly
received at the hands of the Milwaukee



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lawsuit to show it would be hurting
someone in some way," Laidlaw said.
"This is one of those cases where ... no
one would have been harmed; the tax-
payers would benefit, and the candidate
clearly does not want to run."
"We had nothing to gain," said Earl
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Republicansor Democrats)," said Tom
Wieder, a University student who a
vised the council during audience pa
ticipation not to pass the resolution
"But then, you justnever know," he
Ssaid. "You just shouldn't have a par-
tisan elected body deciding whether to
enforce the election laws. I've seen it
happen before."
Wieder was referring to a city elec-
tion in 1975, when the council allowed a
ballot change after the primary. That
year, a man who campaigned in an Un-
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which allowed the HRP to replace him
with their serious candidate. The or
dinance allowing late ballot changes
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