"We're looking at this as an opportunity," says Jim Carson, trustee for the village of Dexter and president of the WAVE bus system. "The WAVE is going to take that knowledge [gathered from meetings on the countywide plan], and we know what steps we need to take. We are looking at a way to double our Community Connector" service between Chelsea, Dexter, and Ann Arbor.
Though the planned authority is no more, council's resolution to opt out also asked AATA to continue pursuing regional transit. Along with Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, and Saline are still thought to be supportive of some kind of regional mass transit. But what a new plan might look like, says Carson, is up in the air.
"Ideally, I think it should look exactly like the plan they already came up with, but we have to figure out how we would fund that. It's all dollars," he says. "That is going to be the challenge. I don't know if anybody can tell you the best way to do that."
Not yet, anyway, but it's at the top of AATA's to-do list.