It is with a heavy heart that I report that the Regional Transit funding ballot measure lost with 911,000 no votes outweighing the 894,000 yes votes by 50.5% to 49.5%.
Detroit voted 64.5% yes
Washtenaw County 56.2% yes
Oakland County 49.9% yes
Outer Wayne County 46.9% yes
Macomb County 39.9% yes
I am extraordinarily proud of the effort we undertook. The RTA crafted a great plan that would have benefited so many people. Hundreds of organizations and businesses came together to speak about on the need for reliable regional transit. And tons of passionate volunteers and activists got involved and spread the Vote Yes message. I offer my sincere and deep thanks to each and every one of you!
Yet ultimately, our efforts proved to not be enough, especially as our calls for compassion and bringing the region together were drowned out in an election of fear and anger at “others.”
Many people are asking what’s next. The short answer is, there was no Plan B in place. We invested everything in winning this. So as we lick our wounds and evaluate what happened, we will discuss and decide where to go from here.
The RTA is committed to continue to work to improve coordination between transit providers, as they explore other ways to fill transit gaps and improve the system.
The broad community of supporters is not going anywhere either. Over the coming weeks and months, we will work together to figure out how we can best support improved transit moving forward.
And we need you to be part of that discussion.
The effort for more and better transit is far from over. Stay tuned for our next chapter.
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