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…
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…
Who’s in charge of regional transit? It’s supposed to be the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) which was created by state law to explicitly coordinate and improve public transit throughout the four counties of southeast Michigan. Yet on Thursday, November 16,…
The RTA has removed Michael Ford as CEO and selected Deputy CEO Tiffany Gunter to serve as Interim CEO effective immediately.
Regardless of leadership, the RTA mission and our region’s transit needs remain unchanged.
In April the RTA will discuss key questions about the Regional Transit Plan modifications and when voters will have another chance to fund transit improvements. Some want to wait three years or more before seeking funding to improve transit, regardless of the enormous needs.
Tell the RTA and County leaders that #TransitStillMatters. Urge them to move quickly to fund transit improvements!
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!