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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward for Detroit RTA

Posted by: Gordon on 2/11/2014
Detroit bus from flickr by Ario_
Last week board members from Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority acted on the enthusiastic recommendation of MOSES and others to schedule a ballot initiative for 2016 that would ask taxpayers to vote for a dedicated revenue stream to support the RTA, created in December 2012.

The RTA will also reopen its search for a CEO, after the finalist from the last search pulled out.

Transportation for Michigan, Trans4M, members turned out in force at the agency's board executive committe meeting last week. They included Michigan Suburbs Alliance, Transportation Riders United, Metro Coalition Congregations, and others.

Joel Batterman, policy organizer for MOSES, told the board’s executive and policy committee that Southeast Michigan spends only about $0.30 for every $1.00 that the average U.S. major metropolitan region spends per capita on public transit. “There is no way [transit agencies] can provide adequate service at those levels,” he added.

Our thanks to Transportation for Michigan, which blogged about the meeting here.
photo from flickr by Ario_
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