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Seen all the election results, Supporter?  Impressive transit results!  

Plus don't miss your last chance to say at our Trans4M Community Forums. Read on!

Election Shows Voters Want to Invest in Transit!  (Hey legislators, you listening?!?)

Yesterday, Michiganders all across the state had chances to vote on transit taxes in their local communities.  And they spoke out loud and clear - voicing strong support for public transit.  Of the 28 millage votes throughout Michigan - ALL PASSED!  Most with overwhelming support!

  • In Oakland County, the SMART Millage was renewed with 79% of the vote!!
  • In Ingham County, the CATA millage was increased with 73% voting yes.
  • In Saugatuck and Douglas, 83% voted to renew their millage!
  • In Jackson, their transportation millage was renewed with 77% of the vote.
  • The City of Durand passed a new millage with 63% voting yes. 

Check out all the results from our friends at the Michigan Public Transit Association.

The only down side?  They are all property tax millages because the Michigan legislature won't give us any other options for funding public transit locally.  

Hey Michigan legislators!  We want to invest in more and better public transit!! Please give us more choices for funding transit!!

Macomb County Community Forum in Warren - Last One in SE MI!

As you know, this summer, the Trans4M coalition is hosting a series of Community Forums focused on creating a statewide transportation vision and launching a conversation about transportation funding.

If you've attended one of these, thanks for your input!

If not, you've got one more chance to come out and have your say on how funding needs to make our vision a reality. The last remaining local events is the Macomb County Forum:

  • Tomorrow Thursday, August 9, 6:30-8:30pm
  • At the Warren Civic Center (north of 12 Mile and just east of Van Dyke)

There will be additional events elsewhere in Michigan - everyone is welcome at any event.


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 Important Upcoming Events

Public Open House about the M-1 Rail Streetcar Project:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, 3pm - 7pm
    • (Guests can stop by anytime. There is no formal presentation.)
  • At the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward
    • (two blocks south of Mack Ave in midtown Detroit)
  • This event will provide an update on the M-1 Rail (Woodward Avenue) Streetcar Project, a 3.3 mile streetcar line proposed along Woodward Avenue between Downtown and the New Center areas of Detroit. 
  • FTA and MDOT are beginning a supplemental Environmental Assessment on this new version of the project (as it differs from the 9.3 mile Woodward Light Rail project that had been previously analyzed). They are seeking public input on potential impacts of the proposed project, especially on historic buildings, neighborhoods, and the local environment.
  • For meeting accomodations, contact MDOT's Bob Parsons at 517-373-9534. 

Strong Regions: Successfully Completing for Federal Transportation Funding in the 21st Century

  • A workshop on financing transit projects in a post-earmark era, featuring Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari and Rep. John Dingell
  • Plus Panel Discussions focused on:
    • Imagining a bold vision for Southeast Michigan
    • What comes next for Federal transportation funding
    • Navigating the money maze: financing, funding and revenue
    • Transit success stories: how others have done it
  • Especially for transit planners and policy makers
  • Wednesday, August 15 from 9am-3pm
  • at the Ford Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave in Dearborn
  • A Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be served
  • RSVP by Friday and get more info at 202-955-5543x224 or rochelle.carpenter@t4America.org

MDOT Long-Range Plan Open House Events

  • Every few years, MDOT updates the state's long-range transportation plan and thoughough August you can give input on the draft plan, available at www.Michigan.gov/slrp.
  • They are holding a series of events around the state to invite public input (which each run from 5-7pm with brief presentations at 5:15 and 6:15pm):

    • Thursday, August 16, 46000 Summit Parkway, in Canton
    • Thursday, August 16, at the MDOT Trasportation Service Center, 1060 W. Fort St in Detroit
    • Wednesday, August 22, at the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

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As always, feel free to contact us before or after with any comments, questions, ideas or concerns.  We're always interested in hearing from you! 

                                          Megan

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