Transportation Riders United

Press Event: Community Calls on Hackel, Patterson to Let Us Vote!

July 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Congregational Church of Birmingham
1000 Cranbrook Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


Media Advisory                     Contact Megan Owens, 248-259-2439          

Macomb and Oakland Residents Demand Regional Transit,

Call on County Executives Hackel and Patterson to Stop Blocking the RTA:

Let The People Vote!

What: Macomb and Oakland residents and groups representing seniors, people with disabilities, the faith community, transit riders, and others will come together on Wednesday morning to call on Macomb and Oakland County Executives Mark Hackel and Brooks Patterson to stop blocking the Regional Transit Authority funding vote and instead let the people vote on regional transit.

When: TODAY, Wednesday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Congregational Church of Birmingham, UCC, in Bloomfield Hills

Located at 1000 Cranbrook, on the corner of Woodward and Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills

Who:   Megan Owens, Executive Director of Transportation Riders United (TRU)

  • Rev. Louise Ott, Pastor of the Congregational Church of Birmingham
  • Joel Batterman, founder of Motor City Freedom Riders, who is walking the entire length of Woodward this week to draw attention to the regional transit crisis
  • Lauren Baker, Public Policy Specialist for Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
  • Tessan Rondeau, a student learning independence from riding transit despite a development disability
  • David Kuziemko, a Sterling Heights senior and retired businessman

Background: The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of Southeast Michigan was scheduled to vote last Thursday, July 21 to approve a long-awaited Regional Transit Master Plan and to place a regional transit millage on the November ballot. Unexpectedly, objections from Macomb and Oakland board members prevented this historic vote. The Wayne, Detroit, and Washtenaw County members of the RTA Board made it clear at the last meeting that they support the Plan and are ready to vote to place it on the ballot, but the legislation that created the RTA requires at least one affirmative vote from each county. The RTA Board has rescheduled their vote for Thursday, July 28 at 1pm.

Tens of thousands of people continue to be left stranded or struggling to reach jobs, doctors, and elsewhere. If the RTA does not vote Thursday, our region is left without sufficient regional transit for at least the next two years.






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