Gigging high in the news nowadays, the city of Ann Arbor is planning to spend roughly $440,000 on a comprehensive transportation plan as updated. The City Council was divided on Monday night in a dilemma to spend nearly $352,000 towards hire a consultant to take a big-picture look at the city’s transportation systems.
After continuous debates, the council voted in 6-4 ratio towards approving the 15-month contract at its Sept. 17 meeting, where the opposition is faced from Anne Bannister, Jack Eaton, Sumi Kailasapathy and Jane Lumm. With the city planning to spend roughly $440,000 on a comprehensive transportation plan counting city staff time. The main motto is to put together a document to help the city maintain a long-term view of their transportation systems and the development in the near-term and long-term priorities towards projecting the city in the coming years towards improving how people get around. Now, The city is still actively pursuing plans for a $55 million urban trail known as the Treeline, expecting community donations and outside grants to help fund a potential 86 million USD train station at Fuller Park that is anticipated to be mostly federally funded.
Raymond Hess, the city’s transportation manager, stated that the planning effort will be guided by an advisory committee of stakeholders including substantial public involvement where budget limitations do not allow a typical project contingency fund. so, if additional funds are needed to complete the plan, the updated city staff may return to council in such scenarios.