Mark Hackel

Detroit region’s leaders on regional transit and COVID-19

The so-called “Big Four” usually come together in public several times a year discussing several top regional issues, often featuring regional transit. Not so in 2020. But they did each talk with Carol Cain on the Michigan Matters program on CBS 62 on December 10, discussing COVID, the economy, and regional transit. “It seems a …

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Myth-busting 3-County Transit

Last month, leaders from Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties came together to affirm their commitment to improving and expanding transit throughout their communities. They committed to work together to get a coordinated regional transit funding measure on the November 2020 ballot. Despite a great deal of excitement around this news, many questions quickly arose. Here’s …

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New Oakland Executive’s Take on Transit

With a new Executive in Oakland County for the first time in two decades, many people are wondering what comes next. Among his busy week, new Executive Dave Coulter spoke with the Oakland Press, sharing some important insights on his views of and plans for regional transit. He believes Metro Detroit “desperately needs” a “comprehensive …

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Major Changes Coming for Oakland County, and Possibly for Regional Transit

After decades of dominating regional politics in southeast Michigan, L. Brooks Patterson died August 3. For 26 years, L. Brooks Patterson was Oakland County Executive, focusing on fiscal discipline, “business attraction,” and “local control.” He was extremely proud of the county’s many years of AAA bond ratings and balanced budgets. (He was also well known …

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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 should no longer even …

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