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E-M:/ I-375 Hearing, 11/18 5-8:30 COBO + MOSES summary

Enviro-Mich message from "Karen D. Kendrick-Hands" <kdkhands@voyager.net>

Transportation Riders United [TRU]
A coalition to improve Public Transportation in Metro Detroit

Invites you to 
Join us for an I-375 PUBLIC MEETING

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and its partner
organizations will hold the second I-375 public information meeting to
unveil its latest ideas for I-375 East Riverfront improvements in Detroit
Thursday, November 18, 1999 from 5 to 8:30 PM at Cobo Conference Center,
Second Floor, Room M2-29. One Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI. Free
parking available in Cobo underground structure.


1. What will become of the DEQUINDRE CUT, last rail access to downtown?
2. How does the proposed CASINO DRIVEWAY affect capacity needs for I 375?
3. Do we need extra capacity if the CASINOS don't move to the East Riverfront?
4. Why don't your plans provide for a pedestrian and transit mall along
Jefferson instead of more pavement for cars?
5. How will you relieve congestion from M-10 (the Lodge) and the Tunnel?
6. Have you considered extension of the trolley line to the East Riverfront
and increase of service levels?
7. When will you make mobility for people and goods a priority over
mobility for cars and trucks?
8. How will your project compensate for the loss of the Cadillac Square Bus
Transfer plaza?
9. If the answer to these questions is that they don't fall within the
scope of your project, why did you scope the project so narrowly?
10. If this process can't or won't provide a forum for this discussion,
what public process will? 
11. Why can't your process be more open to public input at the very
beginning instead of only offering us limited lists of alternatives? 
12. When will this process produce plans that are responsive to our concerns?
13. How can we develop a vision for new urbanism in Detroit, without your

We must demand answers from
and the Federal Highway Administration!

Thursday, November 18, 1999*5 to 8:30 PM* Cobo Conference Center
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You are also most welcome to attend: 
TRU's Next Meeting:
December 9, 1999, 7 pm, 
Majestic Café, 4124 Woodward (Between Alexandrine & Willis), Detroit
 Transportation Riders United [TRU] 
A coalition to improve Public Transportation in Metro Detroit

TRU's History and Purpose: 
TRU was formed to fill a vacuum in Metro Detroit, inspired in part by last
spring's National Town Meeting on Sustainable America. Since we formed in
March, we have met almost monthly. We have formed a coalition with active
participation from SORT - Supporters of Regional Transit, who worked for
the SMART MILLAGE, MARP - Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, CUBS
- Citizens United for Better Service who advocate for improvements to DDOT
Service, and MOSES, - Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength,
itself a coalition of 50 some faith-based organizations looking to stem
sprawl and redress inequities between urban and suburban. TRU is a very
active member of the Michigan Land Use Institute Transportation Project. We
maintain a mailing/email list of approximately 100 names and hosted a
Transportation Funding Teach-In, in cooperation with MOSES. 

Our mission is to bring more balance in transportation options and to
educate community leaders that the purpose of transportation is to provide
efficient cost-effective mobility for people and goods, not cars and trucks.

Our long- range goal is to bring more funding to transit projects, and have
improved transit considered as a viable alternative to massive
sprawl-inducing highway expenditures. Current projects include:

ˇ Providing an informational clearinghouse and promoting interchange on
local regional and state developments that relate to transit.
ˇ Improving bus service on both DDOT and SMART.
ˇ Ensuring that Transit gets the full 10% of state transportation dollars
that the Michigan Constitution allows.
ˇ Preserving rail access to downtown on the Dequindre Cut - currently
threatened by the "Casino Driveway".
ˇ Ensuring good transit connectivity downtown as part of its redevelopment.
ˇ Establishing "Soft Rail" or Bus Rapid Transit on key Detroit Corridors. 
ˇ Instituting a Commuter Rail System that will use existing right-of-way
and connect Pontiac, Ann Arbor and Mt. Clemens to Downtown Detroit.
ˇ Providing a Rail connection to the Airport. 
ˇ Monitoring and influencing MDOT road building projects.

For more info concerning TRU contact: Karen Kendrick-Hands or Stephen Hands
at 313.885.7588. Emails: Karen: kdkhands@voyager.net, Stephen:
slkhands@voyager.net Larry: lhands@hands-assoc.com.

MOSES Fall Transportation Summit  update

On Nov 16, 1999, close to a thousand people including members of MOSES
congregations and allied organizations, businessmen, local officials,
legislators, union members and other individuals met to demand 10% for
transit met at St. James church in Ferndale. Folks gathered to ask for
political and business leadership in increasing funding under ACT 51 to
improve transit services for all in South East Michigan. 

Transportation Riders United [TRU], Supporters of Regional Transit , SORT,
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers and Michigan Environmental
Council, among others were acknowledged for their roles in supporting
MOSES. Dan Dirks, director of SMART and Al Martin director of DDOT
committed to give MOSES service improvement plans by February 1. Mike
Duggan, former director of SMART committed that, with the full 10% funding
SMART would be able to provide service every 30 minutes on key routes
(better connections) and add Saturday service on many lines (better job

Led by Ed McNamara in person, representatives of Oakland and Macomb county
execs also committed to support the demand for a full 10% of the state
transportation budget for transit.  Detroit's Mayor Dennis Archer, neither
came nor sent a special representative, aside from Al Martin who was
already in attendance as director of D-DOT. The business community was
represented by Frank Stella of F. D. Stella Products who also serves on the
ACT 51 Transit Funding sub-committee, and Debbie Dingell, President of the
General Motors Foundation, among others. Patrick Reilly, Chief Counsel of
the Federal Transit Administration represented Secretary of Transportation
Rodney Slater. 

MOSES specifically invited individuals to join in a Spring lobbying effort
in Lansing to ensure ACT 51 is amended to provide the full 10% for transit
funding from state transportation funds that the Constitution allows.
Anyone who was invited, accepted the challenge. MOSES also accepted a
50,000 check from the G

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