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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Canton Township, AATA study Ann Arbor route

Workers snookered into buying McMansions on large lots in the boonies by low mortgage rates and gas prices may be offered a reprieve:
Residents of Canton Township and neighboring communities who commute to Ann Arbor might be able to ride the bus to and from work beginning next year.

Township officials are examining whether enough residents in the township and nearby would support a park-and-ride service for commutes to Ann Arbor.

"It's better for the environment, better for gas," said Mike Ager, manager of the township's Community Services office. "It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."
I'm not optimistic. By the time fuel prices are high enough to get employees out of their cars, a lot of them will have lost their jobs. Suburbia is too spread out to offer mass transit convenient enough to appeal to commuters except in the most dire of circumstances--such as when they won't have anywhere to commute to. The jobs in Ann Arbor, and especially the housing in Canton, are no where near concentrated enough for bus service to be truly convenient.