Legislature to Vote Thursday on Transportation Funding
your legislators today!
Thursday, Dec. 18 is the
day - the last day of debate for this legislative session and the day
legislators will vote on whether to provide critically needed increases
If you’re interested in new rapid
money-saving buses, timely trains, snow-plowed roads, safe bridges or
part of Michigan’s transportation network, this vote
matters to you. The Transportation Funding Task Force (TF2) said we
to double transportation funding in Michigan for a good transportation
and to create jobs and boost our economy. Policymakers are currently
considering ways to increase transportation funding in Michigan,
switching to a wholesale gas tax, increasing registration fees, and
of loopholes – options that would cost you just a dollar or two a
We need your
call your state legislators today to ask their support
critical transportation funding.
(If you’ve already called or emailed,
thanks!! You helped
extend the debate and get this vote scheduled. Now call again!)
- Call your legislators - Use
the Michigan Municipal League’s action site at GetMichiganMoving.org to
find your state legislators’ names and phone numbers, plus talking
points and a place to report their response.
- Don’t assume that your
legislator is already on board - call them to make sure!
(If they definitely support it, thank them! Then urge them to lobby
their colleagues.) An awful lot of legislators are on the fence about
this. Even Detroit legislators are wavering, not realizing that this
could provide millions more to DDOT specifically, plus other benefits.
So please call them.
- This summer, 56% of randomly surveyed people
and 90% of transit supporters said they would be willing to pay
moderately higher taxes for new and better transit. If this includes
you, please, please tell your
legislator!! They don't believe it and need to hear it.
- You can also send emails
to your legislators from www.FundMiTransit.com. But
caution- emails can get missed in the rush of the lame duck session.
Phone calls are sure to be heard, at least by a staff person.
- Also call the legislative
leaders. Urge them to support the transportation
funding bills and to work to make sure they pass on Thursday.
Here are additional things you can do to make sure Michigan
gets the transit funding we need:
- Ask everyone you know to
call too - your friends, family, neighbors,
co-workers, carpool partners, bus buddies, old classmates, your mayor,
and anyone else you know (in Michigan). Forward this message to your
neighborhood association, your church group, your baseball team, and
anyone else you can think of.
- Calls from Brighton, Howell,
Canton, Plymouth, Redford, Rochester, Westland, Monroe, Milan, Midland,
Alpena, and Traverse City are of particular importance, if you know
anyone who lives in those areas. But remember, all legislators need to
hear from their constituents on this.
- Call the legislators from
the city where you work (if different) and urge them
to support it. You spend a lot of time in their district and probably
support a lot of businesses in their district. You could even call
legislators from cities where you shop or otherwise spend lots of time
- Visit www.DetroitTransit.org to
learn more about top transit issues and to join our weekly e-newsletter
list – the best way to stay up-to-date on key transit issues and
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper.
Legislators pay special attention when their name is mentioned in
letters to the editor of their local paper!
For more information about these
proposals and their
benefits, take a look at TRU’s factsheet: Transit Advocates
Transportation Funding Proposal. Also see these supportive
mostly road-focused) editorials and articles:
Note – there’s been a lot of talk about
help from the federal government. And while we might get some federal
economic stimulus investment, that would only be for one-time
new buses, bike racks or trains. Similarly, the private investment in
Woodward light rail would only build the system. In both cases, we
need to come up with the money to operate our systems, current and new,
comes from the state or locally.
On Friday, we’ll know if transit will have new
investment for better bus service and new rapid transit, or if we’ll
yet another year of bus agencies cutting back on much-needed service
another year of waiting for new rapid transit and wondering how we’ll
for it. Don’t ask yourself Friday
if you could have done more.
Transportation Riders United (TRU)
TRU is a Detroit non-profit group
dedicated to improving and promoting public transit in greater Detroit.
500 Griswold, Suite 1650
Detroit, Michigan 48226
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