A century ago, Detroit’s municipal public transit system was the envy of the world. Today, the region has a vast highway network, but public transit has been cut to the bone, stranding hundreds of thousands of people across the Motor City area. Michigan’s largest region urgently needs a reconstructed transit system that reconnects communities and rebuilds metropolitan prosperity.
In 2012, Trans4M brought together hundreds of citizens to advocate for a new four-county Regional Transit Authority (RTA) capable of coordinating local transit service, building rapid transit lines, and allowing citizens to approve new funding. After a tumultuous year, their hard work was rewarded as the RTA opened for business – the most significant step forward for metro Detroit transit in decades.
Now the RTA needs to hit the gas and make up for lost time. It must engage the public to develop a transit plan that improves local bus service and builds new rapid transit lines. For too long, metro Detroit has shortchanged public transit, and that needs to change. We are urging the RTA to allow the region’s people to vote on new transit funding in November 2016.
Acting together, we can overcome metro Detroit’s historic disunity and bring a new birth of transportation freedom to the state that put the world on wheels.
Members of the regional transit work group include the Metro Coalition of Congregations, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, MOSES, the Sierra Club of Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, and Transportation Riders United.
To get involved, contact campaign coordinator Joel Batterman, MOSES Policy Coordinator (Trans4M Core Member), at jbatterman [at] mosesmi [dot] org.