Yes the roads and buses are falling apart. Yes polls show strong voter support for more transportation funding. Yes thousands of concerned citizens made calls and send emails demanding action. (THANKS!!) But no, the legislature did NOT increase transportation for roads OR transit before leaving for their summer break and fall campaigning. So like the last 20+ years, …
It’s been a busy week for Detroit area transit:
– Wall Street Journal: Detroit’s Broken Buses Vex a Broke City
– Metro Times cover story: How Detroit ended up with the worst public transit
– metromode: Three Common Sense Solutions for Local Transit (That Metro Detroit Isn’t Doing)
– Detroit News: Detroit looking at options for bus service
– Detroit News: $6.3M dose of cold reality: Troy Transit Center sits empty amid dispute
– WDET news: Can Detroit use Mass Transit to Attract Big Business? Expert says Yes
SMART provides an essential service, connecting people to jobs, job training, doctors, and more. However SMART does not have the funding it needs to meet our community’s transportation needs. Between declining property values, declining state and federal support, and increasing costs, SMART has not been able to even maintain service levels, let alone provide the expanded service that riders and employers need.
For these reasons and more, TRU is urging County Commissioners to give voters a chance to support an increased SMART millage on the ballot this August.
Despite two months of continual snow, some people need a reminder of how important it is to shovel your snow. Here’s a guest blog from our friend Dave Bulkowski from Disability Advocates of Kent County, offering both a carrot and a stick approach to snow shoveling:
Do you want to get revenge on all this snow?
We do too! Please help dig out bus stops! Shovel Your Sidewalks and/or fun will be sure to ensue.
New Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was (understandably) outraged by the delays in Detroit bus service during last week’s bitter cold. As the Detroit News reported, he went out on the streets with a plow driver, noticed crowds at bus stops, and got “so embarrassed and angry for the people who were standing out trying to …