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E-M:/ Action Alert re: Campus Martius bus transfer loss

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


On Wednesday December 8, Detroit City Council Members will vote on the
Development Agreement for Campus Martius. TRU is pleased that Compuware is
investing in Downtown Detroit, and relieved that they have no objections to
buses' continued use of Cadillac Square. Nevertheless, buried in this
massive agreement is the elimination of the Cadillac Square bus transfer

For an op ed in today's (December 6, 1999) FreePress see: A better downtown
requires bus power 

Detroit's Planning and Development Department has, until late last week,
concealed from Council Members, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
and the public their plans to eliminate the bus transfer depot at Cadillac
Square, as part of the Campus Martius Project. This follows the pattern of
minimizing transit access in downtown by banning both DDOT and SMART buses
from the Ren Cen, and planning for the conversion of the St Aubin/
Dequindre Cut Rail line - the last rail right-of-way into downtown - to a
four lane Casino Driveway.  There is a trend here, and it unduly burdens
our already minimal transit infrastructure down town. 

TRU objects to lack of consideration of transit as an integral part of
Downtown Detroit's revitalization. There are no firm proposals to replace
the Cadillac Square transfer function, either on a temporary or permanent
basis, in a way that will not lengthen commute times that are already far
too long. There are no project plans in the pipeline, or commitments for
funding, and nothing in SEMCOG's Transportation Improvement Plan. 

Members of TRU look forward to working with the Campus Martius developers,
and the City to ensure that downtown developments and transit are mutually
supportive and not at odds with each other. We believe:
Greater reliance on walking and transit can result in a healthier and more
vibrant urban environment, as well as a higher quality transportation
system. By diminishing the public's dependence upon automobiles for
mobility, even motor vehicles will perform more efficiently. The result
will be a net gain for everyone concerned - developers, government agencies
and the public at large. [This is especially the case where one third of
Detroit's households do not have access to cars.]

San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, Designing for Transit
(1993) p. 1- [Copies available on request].

DON'T DELAY:  Contact any and all members of City Council, and tell them:
(phone fax and email below)
1. Redevelopment of Campus Martius is, of course, a good idea.
2. The Campus Martius development Agreement is unacceptable since it
doesn't adequately integrate transit facilities in the heart of downtown as
an integral part of the design.
3. Council must not vote to eliminate the transfer function that Cadillac
Square serves until an alternative is in place that functions at least as
well, if not better.  Interim shuttles, which will lengthen commutes, or
vague future concepts for transfer facilities at the edge of down town are
not acceptable.
4. Either remove this provision (eliminating buses from Cadillac Square)
from the development agreement or delay approving the agreement until
transit infrastructure is planned into the Campus Martius as an integral
part of the development.
5. Detroit will never be a world class city until we have quality, visible
public transportation in the heart of downtown to serve everyone, not just
the transit dependent. 

CONTACT COUNCIL MEMBERS TODAY!! Wednesday Dec. 8 may be too late. 

Name	Phone	Fax	Email
Gil Hill	313.224.1245	313.224.4095	G-Hill@ci.detroit.mi.us 
Maryann Mahaffey	313.224.4545	313.963.5741	M-Mahaffey@ci.detroit.mi.us
Clyde Cleveland	313.224.4530	313.224-2011	C-Cleveland@ci.detroit.mi.us
Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr.	313.224.4505	313.224.0367	K-Cockrel@ci.detroit.mi.us
Sheila Cockrel	313.224.1337	313.224.0369	S-Cockrel@ci.detroit.mi.us
Kay Everett	313. 224-1198	313. 224-1684	K-Everett@ci.detroit.mi.us
Nicholas Hood III 	313. 224-1298	313. 224-0372	N-Hood@.ci.detroit.mi.us 
Brenda M. Scott 	313. 224-4535	313. 224-1524	B-Scott@ci.detroit.mi.us
Alberta Tinsley-Talabi	313. 224-1645	313. 224-1787

Public Meeting I-75 Corridor Study 
Discussion of alternatives to address I 75 congestion problems in Oakland
County. Show up and make sure that meaningful transit choices are included
in the list of alternatives. MDOT will surely opt for more pavement for
cars, unless we press for options for people

Tuesday, December 7 @ 3:30 pm
Oakland County commissioners Auditorium, 1200 N. Telegraph Rd, Pontiac

Tuesday, December 7 @ 7:00 pm
Hazel Park Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, Hazel Park  (SMART Route 710)	

Wednesday, December 8 @ 9:00 am
Independence Township Public Library meeting room, 6495 Clarkston Road

Public Meeting I-73 Feasibility Study 

Wednesday, December 8 @ 3:00 pm
Monroe City Hall, Council Chambers, 120 East 1st Street, Monroe.

Wednesday, December 8 @ 7:00 pm
Adrian City Hall, Commission Chambers, 100 East Church Street, Adrian

Thurssday, December 9 @ 12:00 pm
Student Center, Baker College of Jackson 2800 Springport Road, Jackson , MI 

This is the second public meeting to discuss a brand new Interstate
connecting Jackson Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.  Brand new interstates mean
less money to maintain local and state road networks already in place and
nothing leftover for transit improvements.  I-73 will likely connect with
the I-69 porkbarrel fiasco through the heart of Indiana farmland at the
cost of billions of dollars to save 12 minutes. No maps or substantive info
up yet on MDOT's site: http://www.mdot.state.mi.us/I-73    

For more info about either meeting call: 517.373.2160, office of MDOT's
spinmeister, Gary Naeyaert

TRU's Next Meeting:
December 9, 1999, 7 pm, 
Majestic Café, 4124 Woodward (Between Alexandrine & Willis), Detroit

Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
Air Policy Director,
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Co-founder, Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
GRosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883

If you don't ask the right questions, you will never get to the right
answers . . . 

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