Legislature Debating RTA Start-Up Funding - Act Now to Support it!
Southeast Michigan needs effective regional transit and the RTA is starting to work towards achieving it. As they move through this challenging start-up process and prepare toput a plan before voters for sustainable funding, the RTA needs state investment.
The Governor supports and the Senate overwhelmingly passed $2 million in start-up funds. Unfortunately the Michigan House committee stripped those funds, which must be restored by the full Michigan House or the conference committee.
Please act now:
Thank the Senate and urge the leadership to support RTA start-up funding!
The RTA was created to improve and expand southeast Michigan transit. This is a big job, managing four transit providers, planning brand new rapid transit lines, overhauling a four-county regional transit plan, coordinating with state and federal bureaucrats, and engaging with thousands of stakeholders throughout.
This three-year process requires a top-quality professional staff of transit planners and communications specialists, along with expert consultants and support staff. In November of 2016, the RTA will present a plan for improving and expanding transit and ask voters to pay to make this plan reality. But until that dedicated funding is in place, the RTA needs an investment from the state to work through that initial planning process.
The Governor strongly supports and the Senate overwhelmingly passed $2 million in start-up funds, as part of the supplemental appropriations bill SB 608. Unfortunately the Michigan House committee stripped those funds out. Either the full Michigan House or the conference committee must restore those funds or the RTA will be stuck scrambling for its basic operational funding.
Please act now to thank the Senate and to urge the leadership to adopt the bipartisan Senate bill that includes RTA's start-up funding!
Then urge your friends and colleagues to do them same by sharing this message! Thanks!!
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Mark your calendar and plan to join us Thursday evening April 3 at the MSU Detroit Center to learn what DDOT, SMART, and other area transit providers are doing to improve their service and to better coordinate their service together. It's shaping up to be a great panel and a great event.
More details coming soon!
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On May 6, 2014 voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to vote to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for 5 years that will fund transit improvements and provide 44% more service to community residents.
The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority adopted a five-year plan earlier this year, after months of public meetings and information gathering, that would add more buses on busy routes, extended hours and weekend service, and expand services for seniors and people with disabilities.
A broad range of community organizations, business leaders and elected officials have launched a campaign to support it.
The coalition supporting the “More Buses” campaign includes the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, the Ypsilanti/Willow Run chapter of the NAACP, the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and the Ecology Center.
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The new website has arrived! Tell me what you think! (And please be patient as we add additional content and work out the bugs!)
TRU has reestablished a Twitter account, @DetroitTransit. Follow us for frequent news and insights!
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