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Michigan Roads Package: Some Silver Linings, But Major Dark Clouds

The Michigan Legislature finally passed a “Roads Funding” package of bills which the Governor has said he will sign into law. Unfortunately, the package was really the least they could do, the very least.

There are a few silver linings in the package, including $60 million a year for Michigan’s transit agencies, adjustments for inflation, and more flexibility for Detroit to invest in transit.

But it also has some mayor dark clouds, including long delays before implementation, only half of the funding from new revenue, and threats to other budget priorities in years to come.

Read on for more details.

Proposal 1: Lessons Learned and Steps from Here

We are TRU are very disappointed that Proposal 1 didn’t pass. Transit systems throughout Michigan needed the extra $115 million a year Prop 1 would have provided!

But now it’s time to move forward. And we need your help:

1) As the road funding debate rages, tell your state legislators to fund a full transportation funding fix that includes transit and doesn’t gut important state services.

2) It is up to us in southeast Michigan to raise our own funds to improve transit, which the RTA will ask voters to do in Nov 2016. Please support TRU’s efforts to get people throughout our region thinking about and sharing why #TransitMatters!

3) Voters in Nov 2016 will need a clear, simple plan to vote on. The RTA will be developing a Regional Transit Action Plan over the next six months. Join TRU and the RTA Tuesday May 12 at Campus Martius for the kickoff of a region-wide discussion on the transit system our region wants, needs, and is willing to pay for!

Mich Senate Proposes Major New Road and Transit Funding!!

Michigan last increased funding for public transit in 1987. Despite growing demand, bus agencies don’t have the funds they need to provide the service people demand. But that might finally change!!

The Senate Infrastructure modernization committee today passed bills to increase transportation funding, including up to $150 million for transit!

However the House voted to largely cut transit out of the funding.

Please call or email your legislators TODAY! Tell them you’re willing to pay a little more for improved transportation, IF it includes public transit like the Senate package does.