House restored funding for local bus agencies, thanks to supporter outreach!
But more work needed: funding could still be slashed for senior shuttles, rides to work, regional initiatives (including RTA!!), and more!
Following a tidal wave of opposition from transit agencies and hundreds of transit supporters like you, the Michigan House of Representatives amended their transportation budget to restore funding for operating local buses like SMART and DDOT.
Give yourself a pat on the back!
Unfortunately, the budget the House passed cuts funding for other critically important programs, including shuttles for seniors and people with disabilities, special rides-to-work programs, regional service initiatives (including RTA’s planning), and more. It’s still quite a harmful budget, so we need to keep shouting it down!
What’s next? Since the House, Senate, and Governor are each advancing very different budgets, they’ll need to work out a compromise over the coming weeks. As they start, we need to take action again!!
- Preserve funding for seniors and people with disabilities to get to appointments!
- Maintain funding to provide riders to work!
- Restore investment in special initiatives, like regional collaboration and RTA pilot projects!
We know our voices can make a difference, so please keep it up!!
Let’s make sure state funding ensures that all Michiganders can get where we need to go, regardless of whether we drive.