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Oakland Co. Commission Victory! SMART on the August Ballot
I'm pleased to report that the Oakland County Commission voted this morning 13-6 to place the SMART millage on the August ballot! All three counties have now jumped through all the necessary hurdles to give voters the chance to support SMART!
As previously noted, the millage that funds SMART has expired and service cannot continue next year without a new millage. All three counties have agreed to put 1.0 mil funding before voters in order to maintain service, stablize their funding, overhaul their bus fleet, and hopefully make some restoration of cut service.
Stay tuned for ways to help persuade voters to approve it. We'll have a big campaign this June and July to educate and turn out voters.
State Legislature Considers New Transportation Funding, but Leaves Transit Behind Again
Michigan roads need serious work.
Michigan buses need serious work too.
So do our train lines and bike paths.
So why does the big transportation funding package only fund one part of Michigan's transportation system?!?
House Speaker Jase Bolger on April 3 proposed $450 million in state transportation funding reforms and some minor increases to address Michigan's pothole crisis. However it ignores Michigan's decades-old funding Act 51 Formula that allocates 10% of transportation funding to the Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF) to pay for buses, trains, bike paths, and all other non-road transportation.
With over 95 million passenger trips on Michigan's public transit system last year and decades of transit underfunding, efforts to tackle shortfalls in Michigan's transportation funding system must go through the formula and include transit. Our friends at Trans4M have greater details and charts about the proposal, if you want to learn more.
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Tell your legislators and legislative leaders the fix Michigan's full transportation system, not just part of it!
Stay tuned over the coming weeks as this proposal works its way through the legislature. With help from friends in Lansing, I'll keep you updated.
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