What do you think is the best way to spend $2.7 billion in transportation improvements for greater Detroit?
Adding a lane to I-94 to allow trucks to get from Indiana to Windsor a minute or two faster?
That's what MDOT and SEMCOG want to do.
If you think this is as outrageous as I do, speak out now!!
SEMCOG's 2040 Long-Range Plan calls for widening 6.5 miles of I-94 through the heart of Detroit to four lanes in each direction. This will cost $2.7 billion over the next 15 years, starting with $120 million in the next four years. They admit it really isn't to help local people, it is to ease truck traffic traveling through our community.
While the narrative of SEMCOG's 2040 long-range plan highlights the importance of sustainability and transit, the dollars don't lie.
Tell SEMCOG not to waste scarce transportation funding widening roads and highways! Our region's population isn't growing, why should our roads?!?
Read more in a recent MLive article:
"Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, who hopes to become Detroit's mayor, doesn't like the idea.
"Neither does the large majority of nearly 60 people who attended a meeting at Plymouth United Church on East Warren in Detroit Thursday night, who feel the $2.3 billion, one-fifth of the total spending projected by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) through 2040, could be better spent to benefit the citizens of this region and Detroit."
Fight Back Against Threats to the RTA!
The new Regional Transit Authority for metro Detroit just held its first meeting this April. But the Michigan Legislature is already considering two bills that would hobble the RTA before it even gets started.
HB 4637 - the RTA Opt-Out bill - would allow individual cities and counties to quit the RTA. This is the exact same policy that has stunted suburban Detroit’s SMART bus system, creating holes in the transit network. That’s no way to build an efficient transit system.
SB 265 – The General Motors Exemption Bill - The RTA can ask the region’s voters to decide on a vehicle registration fee to fund transit. SB 265 would exempt a manufacturer’s test vehicles, because GM doesn't want to pay its fair share.
Tell your legislators to oppose these harmful bills!!
We’re all in this region together, and our transit system has to reflect that.
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