Barry Malek, Transportation Riders United
Carolyn Buell, League of Women Voters of
Groups Endorse SMART millage
Economy, road congestion, air quality cited
Transportation, environmental and
public interest organizations today announced they are urging a yes vote on the
August 6 ballot question that asks voters to approve funding to continue bus
Transportation Riders United (TRU), the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC), East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), Public Interest Research Group of Michigan (PIRGIM) and the League of Women Voters of the Detroit Metropolitan Area said in endorsing the millage that maintaining public transportation service is essential to the economic and environmental health of the region.
“I regularly ride the bus to work between the suburbs and city even though I own two cars. It’s much easier and costs far less than the stressful traffic, and parking,” said Barry Malek, TRU’s spokesperson and a Detroit bank official. “But it’s the economy of Metro Detroit and the thousands of workers and their employers who rely on public transportation every day who would be most impacted if the buses stop running.”
The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART)
millage, or Proposal S on the Aug. 6 ballot, will ask voters in
In endorsing Proposal S, the groups listed four points voters should consider:
The SMART bus system is a lifeline to southeastern
· The SMART bus system is a lifeline for the elderly, people with disabilities and youths who do not have the option of driving.
· The SMART bus system keeps our air cleaner and our roads less congested by reducing the number of cars on our highways.
· Maintaining the SMART bus system is an essential step in moving us forward to better regional transit.
"No one questions the need for public services such as police and fire departments, libraries, schools, and health care,” said Heather Northway, community organizer for EMEAC, an Oakland County-based group. “Public transportation is just as vital to our communities.”
Carolyn Buell, President of the
League of Women Voters of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, said the League has
supported public transportation in the
Megan Owens, Field Director for
PIRGIM, said passing the SMART millage is necessary if southeast
MEC pointed out that SMART buses carrying thousands of workers each day reduce the number of vehicles on roads and freeways during peak driving times and bring down the level of air pollution.
to maintain public transportation is the smart choice if we want to reduce
traffic congestion and continue economic growth in southeastern
The five groups endorsing today
join a growing list of organizations supporting the SMART millage. Others who have endorsed the millage
include the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition,
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, MOSES, the
David Holtz, Media Coordinator, Sierra Club