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E-M:/ Transit Visioning in Detroit - Round 3

April 18, 2001

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

Transit Visioning in Detroit - Round 3

Hi Folks:

The third installment of transit visioning for metro Detroit is scheduled for three dates in May:

May 3 (Thursday)Cobo Center, 1:30-4 p.m.      
               & Cobo Center, 7-9 p.m.

May 8   (Tuesday)  Crystal Gardens, Southgate, 1:30-4 p.m.

May 9   (Wednesday) Marriott Hotel, Troy, 1:30-4 p.m.

This third visioning session will take the transit options previously identified by participants and assess their potential for Southeast Michigan.

By October, the process is intended to result in a transit plan for Southeast Michigan, which is lacking now. The federal government will pay up to 80% of bus and rail start-up costs, but only if there's a locally supported transit plan.

Itís important for groups and individuals to participate in the visioning sessions so that planners hear the voices of actual transit riders. Please keep in mind that world-class transit helps to reduce smog, promote compact communities, preserve open space by reducing new road construction, and connect people with jobs.

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.

For more information, and to register to attend, visit SEMCOG's web site at:

Also visit the Surface Transportation Policy Project's web site for this news release: http://www.transact.org/

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