Another milestone has been reached, Supporter!
The RTA board has officially acted to place regional transit funding on the November 8 ballot.
That means for the first time ever, voters throughout all of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, including the City of Detroit, will all have a chance to vote on improving our region's transit.
When voters have been given a chance to invest in SMART or in Ann Arbor Transit, they’ve overwhelmingly supported those funding measures. But the entire four-county region has never had this chance.
TRU's transit advocacy is only possible thanks to donations from supporters like you.
Now we have a chance to make the case to all southeast Michigan voters. If we do a good job of helping voters understand what’s in the Regional Transit Master Plan and how it will benefit everyone in our region, I’m confident we’ll celebrating a huge success on November 8. Stay tuned for details of how to get involved campaigning for Vote Yes.
The Challenges and Costs
It looked for a while that this day would not come. When the Oakland and Macomb board members refused to support placing it on the ballot on July 21 and again on July 28, we feared regional transit efforts would be delayed for years!
A huge thank you to everyone who made phone calls, sent emails, wrote letters to the editor and otherwise helped keep the pressure on and urge them to #LetThePeopleVote! Our efforts were successful.
That said, getting this on the ballot did come at a price. The Executives of Oakland and Macomb demanded a change in how the RTA board operates, which the region’s other leaders accepted. Each County and the City of Detroit will all have to affirmatively approve all future changes in the transit plan and allocations of state and federal funding coming to southeast Michigan. This is a step backwards from the regional focus the RTA had been operating from, but appears to have been necessary to get their support to let the people vote.
While the sausage-making isn’t always pretty, we got the outcome we needed.
Time to get down to work persuading people throughout southeast Michigan to VOTE YES for RTA on November 8!
PS - I'll be on Fox 2's Let It Rip program this evening at 10:30pm to discuss this important progress. Watch it and let me know what you think!