Transportation Riders United

Oakland

On November 8, the People Will Decide!

The Regional Transit Authority has officially voted to place the regional transit funding measure on the Nov 8 ballot! This is a truly momentous occasion: For the very first time, people throughout all 4 counties of southeast Michigan will have a chance to vote on investing in improved regional transit.

It looked for a while that this day would not come. When the Oakland and Macomb board members refused to support placing it on the ballot on July 21 and again on July 28, we feared regional transit efforts would be delayed for years!

Getting this on the ballot did come at a price – each County and the City of Detroit will all have to affirmatively approve all future changes in the transit plan and allocations of state and federal funding coming to southeast Michigan. While the sausage-making isn’t always pretty, we got the outcome we needed.

Time to get down to work persuading people throughout southeast Michigan to VOTE YES for RTA on November 8!

Regional Transit in the Jaws of Defeat!

Regional Transit in the Jaws of Defeat!

Despite overwhelming need for regional transit improvement, and despite pleas from the region’s community and business leaders, Oakland and Macomb leaders today (July 28) blocked regional transit.

When the RTA board voted to place transit funding on the November ballot, 5 members voted for it – all the board members from Wayne, Washtenaw and Detroit. But all 4 from Oakland and Macomb voted against it. Since the law that created the RTA required an affirmative vote from each county, that vote failed.

Not all hope is lost, however. If the County Executives can work out a deal in the next two weeks, the RTA could bring it back up for another vote, but they must do so before August 16 to get it on the ballot.

Otherwise, we’re likely stuck for another 4 years before we have another chance to vote on true regional transit.

We need your help to keep up the pressure!

Urge County Leaders to Keep SMART Rolling!

SMART provides essential transit service to 35,000 people every day. Yet their millage rate hasn’t increased in nearly 12 years, resulting in minimal service and ancient buses.

County leaders are deciding now whether to ask voters to support a SMART millage of 1.0 mils on the August ballot. Tell them how important local bus service is – ACT NOW to KEEP SMART ROLLING!

Regional Transit Update: A Success, Some Progress, but More Delays

Regional Transit Update: A Success, Some Progress, but More Delays

The battle for regional transit in southeast Michigan has been quite a roller coaster this spring, and this week more than most! Here's a recap: 1) Success at the Oakland County Commission:  A bi-partisan majority of the Oakland County Commission signed on in support of letting the people decide o[...]
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Act now to demand regional leaders Let The People Vote!

Should two men be able to veto transit for 4 million people? That’s what Oakland County Exec Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel are trying to do. They say that voters in their counties don’t want expanded regional transit, that SMART provides everything they need, and that the RTA [...]