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E-M:/ Freepress stories: I-94 and Metro airport parking tax
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- From: "Karen D. Kendrick-Hands" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 10:03:03 -0800
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Sorry for cross postings.
This morning in the Detroit Free Press, amidst all the census news about
the shrinking population in Detroit and the older suburbs, is this story
I-94 expansion. It's time for us to make clear the
connections among inner suburbs and Detroit's decline, sprawl at the
fringes and lack of transportation choices.
1. I-94 work opponents make case for rails
Campaign stepped up as deadline extended
March 29, 2001 (Page 18 A)
BY MATT HELMS FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
It's shaping up to be a crucial time for metro Detroit to decide whether
it will ever have effective and widely used public transit, say leaders
from an array of groups hoping to stop growth of traffic and
Emboldened this week by an extension for public input, opponents of the
massive expansion of I-94 between I-96 and Conner in Detroit are stepping
up their campaign against the $1.3-billion project -- the largest of its
kind ever in Michigan.
At the same time, groups such as the Detroit Regional Chamber and the
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, the region's chief planning
agency, are mulling whether to campaign for an increase in the sales tax
or taxes on hotels, gas or rental cars to help improve metro Detroit's
inadequate public transit system.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Monday that the
Federal Highway Administration granted opponents' request of a 45-day
extension of the public-comment period on the I-94 proposal until May
Critics say MDOT tried to downplay the scope of its I-94 plans, which
with an additional lane in each direction, wide shoulders and service
drives would be, they say, the equivalent of a 20-lane expressway tearing
through nearly seven miles of Detroit.
Karen Kendrick-Hands, president of Transportation Riders United, said
it's not only expensive but would increase noise and air pollution.
"What are they going to do with the rest?" she asked Wednesday
of the remainder of I-94. "And what are we giving up when we pour
all of our dollars into pavement?"
Environmentalists and mass-transit supporters say an effective regional
commuter rail system connecting Detroit to Ann Arbor, Pontiac and Mt.
Clemens could be built for a fraction of the cost of the I-94 proposal.
And that could come without the loss of homes and businesses along the
Contact MATT HELMS at 248-586-2618 or email@example.com.
2. Wayne County Tax on private parking at Metro Airport
Ironically the adjacent story in the paper edition on page 18A discusses
Wayne County's 30% tax on private parking at the airport, which the
legislature is considering eliminating. Imagine if the airport
parking tax were extended to the County owned parking facilities and
used to help pay for transit to give us a choice of how we get to
State ready to take ax to airport parking tax
Some legislators say Wayne County has profited far too long
March 29, 2001
BY CHRIS CHRISTOFF FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
LANSING -- A 30-percent tax on parking around Detroit Metro Airport is on
the chopping block in the state House, while Wayne County officials say
its elimination would force $15 million in county service cuts.
The House Tax Policy Committee on Wednesday voted to abolish the parking
tax, which was approved by the Legislature in 1987 as part of a fiscal
bailout plan for Wayne County.
The 30-percent surcharge applies to all private parking lots within 5
miles of the county-run airport, and makes Wayne County about $15 million
a year. County-operated parking lots are not charged the tax.
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands, President
Transportation Riders United
1067 Devonshire Road
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
313.885.7588, fax 313.885.7883
Check out TRU's web page at
Try the Motranzit site, too - http://www.hometown.aol.com/motranzit
Also check out www.transitdetroit.freeservers.com &
If you don't ask the right questions, you will never get to the right answers . . .