Watch the Full Conversation on Youtube Now This week on Tapping into Transit, we are joined by Ben Stupka from the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Despite an RTA millage not being on the ballot this year, the RTA remains busy with new regional transit developments. During the brief conversation, Ben details just exactly who is …
Regional Transit Master Plan
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!
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!
The RTA was scheduled to vote Thursday July 21 to adopt the Regional Transit Master Plan and place the funding on the November 8 ballot. Unfortunately, objections from Oakland and Macomb board members have delayed that vote.
Delay is risky because if the RTA does not vote by August 15 with an affirmative vote from every county, funding cannot be placed on the November ballot and the region would have to wait at least two more years.
RTA staff are working diligently to address their concerns. The board is tentatively scheduled to meet again July 28.
The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) has developed a proposed Regional Transit Master Plan for how to improve and expand transit throughout the four county region.
It’s a great plan that would make huge strides in addressing our region’s transit needs, including connecting people to jobs, providing easy airport access, and ensure seniors can maintain independence.
The RTA Board is scheduled to vote July 21 on the plan and the ballot language to allow voters to decide to fund it. Please help spread the word about this plan and its benefits throughout our region.