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Enviro-Mich message from David Holtz <david.holtz@sierraclub.org>
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Folks, if my reading of this bill is correct this is nothing short of a
massive assault on public transportation in southeastern Michigan that
threatens a body blow to our local economy and at the least shifts more
political power to three larger suburban communities at the expense of
smaller ones and the city of Detroit. Do the voters and merchants of
Warren, Sterling Heights and Livonia really want what the McCotter bill
will deliver:  a potential loss of customers and employees at retail
shops and the certain resentment and backlash from the other 40-plus
communities who make up the SMART bus area.  Just as the states are
bound together in commerce and defense, our region's common economy is
bringing us together in deciding transportation needs.  McCotter's bill
throws a big hand grenade in the process.  And for what good reason?  


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From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of sgutt@umich.edu
Sent: Wednesday, May 29, 2002 12:12 AM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ SB 1240

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Enviro-Mich message from sgutt@umich.edu
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Dear friends of transit and the environment,

The Michigan Senate is scheduled TODAY, Wednesday, to vote on SB 1240, 
sponsored by Senators McCotter, of Livonia, and Bennett, also of western

Wayne County.  The bill was just yesterday reported out of the Senate 
Government Operations Committee, which McCotter chairs.  SB 1240 would 
allow any city with a population between 100,000 and 150,000 located in
a 
county that is part of a transit authority to withdraw from the
authority 
at any time.  In metro Detroit, this bill would apply to the cities of 
Livonia, Sterling Heights and Warren; Dearborn nearly met this criterion
in 
the most recent census.

In sponsoring this bill, Senators McCotter and Bennett are seeking
special 
treatment for a few communities at the cost of functional transit in 
southeast Michigan, which may be the point.  Passage of SB 1240 could 
effectively undermine the financial integrity of SMART or a future
regional 
transit authority, and cut large holes in the fabric of a regional
transit 
system.

This assault on transit would further weaken the ability of thousands of

bus riders to access jobs and to seek a better standard of living. 
Employers of bus riders will be less able to provide jobs to folks
working 
to better their quality of life and to move away from dependency on
state 
welfare.  This bill furthers Michigan's commitment to the status quo 
pattern of endless spending on new road building, continued sprawl, 
increasing urban blight, disappearing rural beauty and farmland, and
more 
auto dependency.  It means a continued lack of viable transportation
choice 
for the four million people who reside in southeast Michigan

Because this bill is scheduled for a floor vote today, please contact
your 
state senator ASAP (call your local city/town/township office if you
don't 
know who).  Let him or her know that you are outraged at this
end-of-term, 
end-run attempt to undermine transit in southeast Michigan.  Ask your 
senator to support transit and vote no on SB 1240.

Thanks for your help,

Steve Gutterman
Transportation Riders United





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