Washtenaw County

TRU Opinion: What's Next for Regional Transit

(TRU column published in The Detroit Free Press editorial page May 11, 2017) Column: What’s next for regional transit By Megan Owens Six months ago, southeast Michigan voters narrowly defeated a measure to fund major regional transit improvements. Across the region, 49.5% of voters supported the measure and many more agreed that our region’s transit …

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TRU Opinion: What’s Next for Regional Transit

(TRU column published in The Detroit Free Press editorial page May 11, 2017) Column: What’s next for regional transit By Megan Owens Six months ago, southeast Michigan voters narrowly defeated a measure to fund major regional transit improvements. Across the region, 49.5% of voters supported the measure and many more agreed that our region’s transit …

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RTA funding vote lost, despite huge need and great support

Despite a huge effort from many supporters, the Regional Transit funding ballot measure lost with 50.5% no votes outweighing the 49.5% of yes votes.

I am extraordinarily proud of our efforts, including the RTA’s great plan, the immense coalition of supporters and the passionate and hardworking activists. A sincere and deep thank you to each and everyone one of you!

Yes ultimately, our efforts proved to not be enough, especially as our calls for compassion and bringing the region together were drowned out in an election of fear and anger at the “other.”

What’s next? Well, there was no Plan B in place.

The RTA will continue to coordinate transit as they and others discuss and decide what happens next. Please stay tuned and stay involved.