Vote YES for County Transit: Why and How

Voters throughout Oakland and Macomb Counties will soon decide whether to maintain and expand public transit.

On the November 8 ballot will be:

  • The Macomb County Public Transit millage – to renew the millage that funds SMART and local transit providers
  • The Oakland County Public Transit millage – to maintain SMART and rural transit services AND expand transit services countywide (replacing the current SMART and rural transit millages)
  • The Wayne Public Transit Authority millage – to renew the millage that funds SMART services in the Wayne County communities that have opted-in (not including Detroit, Livonia, Plymouth, Canton, others)

Why Vote YES for County Transit?

Public transit is essential for a diversity of riders, and for everyone in the community who depends on them.
  • Transit is essential
    • for seniors who can’t drive to remain independent
    • for working families who can’t afford cars, gas, and insurance
    • for small businesses, who need reliable workers even if their car breaks down
    • for slowing the climate crisis with low-pollution alternatives, and
    • for vibrant communities where everyone can access jobs, schools, shops, and more!
  • And we all depend on the essential workers who depend on transit!

Without a yes vote, nearly all transit in Oakland and Macomb Counties will stop operating!

Public transit is an essential community resource and worthwhile investment: The 0.95 mil property tax costs the average family less than $10 a month and is a renewal in most places. Just like parks and a fire department, every community needs public transit!

HOW you can help

A win is far from guaranteed. We must actively work to build broad public support to keep investing in transit!
  1. Pledge to Vote YES for County Transit on this November’s ballot
    • Then urge your family and friends to do the same
  2. Donate so we can build broad regional support
  3. RSVP for and help promote our Transit Town Halls
  4. Distribute info to your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers
  5. Sign up to volunteer at fairs, festivals, community events, and at polling sites
  6. Urge supportive organizations, businesses, and civic leaders you know to endorse
  7. Arrange for a TRU speaker to present to your local civic league or community group

If everyone supports in all the ways they can, we can win big for transit this November!