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E-M:/ Transit Opinion Survey for Southeast Michigan

Jan. 24, 2001

TO: Enviro-Mich
FROM: Kelly Thayer, Michigan Land Use Institute

Southeast Michigan Transit Opinion Survey


SEMCOG, the regional planning body for Southeast Michigan, is conducting a transit survey on its web site.


Residents of these counties --
Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Saint Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne -- in particular are encouraged to take 5 minutes and offer their ideas for improving transit.

This is important because the public involvement will lead to changes in SEMCOG's transportation plan, a mandatory step for obtaining federal cost-share funding to build bus and rail systems. The Federal Transit Administration routinely pays 50-80 percent of construction costs.

Also, as a reminder, the second round of transit visioning for metro Detroit is scheduled for January 25 and January 30.

As with the Internet survey, the process is intended to result in a transit plan for Southeast Michigan, which is lacking now.

Itís important for groups and individuals to participate in the visioning sessions so that planners hear the voices of actual transit riders.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments is conducting this multi-part process. SEMCOG is the metropolitan planning organization, or MPO, for the 7-county region of 4.8 million people.

SEMCOG held the first visioning session on Aug. 10, 2000. Future sessions are slated for March/April and June.

The SEMCOG news release follows. Registration is required.

Kelly Thayer
Michigan Land Use Institute


SEMCOG News Release
Contact: Garry Bulluck or Sue Stetler (313) 961-4266

Register online for SEMCOG's second series of transit vision forums. To register, click here:

As part of its charge in the 2025 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan, SEMCOG is holding a series of public meetings to develop a regional vision for mass transit. The second group of forums will focus on options for regional transit. Participants will have opportunity to attend one of the following six sessions:

Southfield, MI, Tuesday, January 23, 2001, Southfield Center for the Arts, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Warren, MI, Thursday, January 25, 2001, Van Dyke Park Hotel, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

Detroit, MI, Tuesday, January 30, 2001, Cobo Center, 1:30-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.

On-line registration form, click here:

All forums are free and open to the public. Participants include representatives from community, transit, and government organizations as well as a large number of private citizens.

Mr. Kelly Thayer
Transportation Project Coordinator
Michigan Land Use Institute
P.O. Box 228
845 Michigan Ave.
Benzonia, MI 49616

Ph: 231-882-4723
Fax: 231-882-7350
E-mail: kelly@mlui.org