50 Officials Send Letter to Executive to Encourage Vote on Transit

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, Aug. 4, 2016)

Pontiac, MI – Last week members of the Regional Transit Authority Board from Oakland and Macomb Counties voted no to putting a regional transit plan on the ballot for voters to decide upon.  The plan would add many transportation options across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw Counties.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel released statements with reasons they wanted their appointed representatives to block the vote, including that more services would be in Wayne County than in theirs.  Officials from various communities in Oakland County – including Ferndale, Royal Oak, Pontiac and Novi – have sent an open letter to Patterson in hopes of supporting a potential compromise that garden16_tom_selmanwould make a vote possible.  Several publications have shared editorials encouraging the growth of transit in the region.

The Detroit Free Press has more information about a potential deal that could happen.  The RTA board is meeting Wednesday to vote. For more details see “Metro Detroit Leaders Reach Deal on Transit.”

Here is the letter:

Dear Executive Patterson and Deputy Director Poisson:

As elected leaders representing numerous Oakland County communities, we are raising our voices in unity in support of the Regional Transit Authority’s regional master plan and placing its accompanying millage proposal on the November 2016 ballot. We are encouraged by recent reports that you have come to an agreement that will meet your needs and expectations.  As a result, we fully expect the RTA board to vote to place the proposal ondinos02sidelogo3 the ballot at its August 4th special board meeting. We have advocated endlessly for the chance to see this vital improvement to truly connect our communities, grow our region’s shared economy and get workers to jobs, and support independence for seniors and those with disabilities. It’s time for county leadership to allow our residents to vote on rapid, reliable, and regional transit for our area.

Research and outcomes in other states have shown that some of most powerful drivers of regional growth that will benefit Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Washtenaw counties are public transportation improvements. The regional master transit plan and millage have wide support from businesses, health and hospital systems, education institutions and nonprofits. Our residents have repeatedly asked us for better transit service that connects people to jobs, school and entertainment. Our future workforce wants it, businesses need it, and our seniors deserve it.

The regional master plan is a thoughtful, viable plan, which will effectively pivot the region Jacks Adfrom underfunding transit to adequately paying for enhanced transportation to connect east and west, city and suburb, and provide new, essential bus rapid transit along major corridors as well as rail service to the airport.

By blocking the proposal from even coming to a vote, the county is denying our citizens the chance to weigh in and preventing regional transit from going forward. To support a stronger, thriving region, we urge you to allow and direct your RTA appointees to vote putting the proposal’s language on the November 2016 ballot. Our county’s voters need and deserve to have their voices heard.


Vincent Gregory, State Senate, District 11

Tim Greimel, State Representative, District 29

Jim Townsend, State Representative, District 26      garden16_helaine_zack

Robert Wittenberg, State Representative, District 27

Jeremy Moss, State Representative, District 35

Christine Greig, State Representative, District 37

Phil O’Dwyer, Mayor, City of Berkley

Steve Baker, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Berkley

Jack Blanchard, Council Member, City of Berkley

Colleen Graveline, Council Member, City of Berkley

royal_servicesAlan H. Kideckel, Council Member, City of Berkley

Eileen Steadman, Council Member, City of Berkley

Dan Terbrack, Council Member, City of Berkley

Michael Bridges, City Council, Farmington Hills

Randal Bruce, City Council, Farmington Hills

Theresa Rich, City Council, Farmington Hills

Samantha Steckloff, City Council, Farmington Hills

Dave Coulter, Mayor, Ferndale

Melanie Piana, Mayor Pro Tem, FerndaleGo Comedy Ad grape

Greg Pawlica, Council Member, Ferndale

Raylon Leaks May, Council Member, Ferndale

Dan Martin, Council Member, Ferndale

Jan Parisi, Mayor, Hazel Park

Andy LeCureaux, Council Member, Hazel Park

Michael Webb, Council Member, Hazel Park

Jeff Keeton, Council Member, Hazel Park

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Bob Paul, Mayor, Huntington Woods

Joe Rozell, City Commissioner, Huntington Woods

Jeff Jenks, City Commissioner, Huntington Woods

Kelly Garrett, Mayor Pro Tem, Lathrup Village

Brian Hartwell, Mayor, Madison Heights

Andrew Mutch, City Council, Novi

Gwen Markham, City Council, Novi

Marian McClellan, Mayor, Oak ParkGT ad 06

Carolyn Burns, City Council, Oak Park

Kiesha Speech, City Council, Oak Park

Andy Meisner, County Treasurer, Oakland

Helaine Zack, County Commissioner, Oakland

David Bowman, County Commissioner, Oakland

Gary McGillivray, County Commissioner, Oakland

Marcia Gershenson, County Commissioner, Oakland

garden16_steve_baker_Dave Woodward, County Commissioner, Oakland

Janet Jackson, County Commissioner, Oakland

Jim Nash, Water Resource Commissioner, Oakland

Kurt Metzger, Mayor, Pleasant Ridge

Ann Perry, City Commissioner, Pleasant Ridge

Bret Scott, City Commissioner, Pleasant Ridge

Deirdre Waterman, Mayor, Pontiac

Jim Ellison, Mayor, Royal Oak

Kyle Dubuc, City Commissioner, Royal Oaksidebar012balloonrates

Sharlan Douglas, City Commissioner, Royal Oak

Michael Fournier, City Commissioner, Royal Oak

Pat Paruch, City Commissioner, Royal Oak

Jeremy Mahle, City Commissioner, Royal Oak

Ellen Hodorek, City Council, Troy

Edna Abrahim, City Council, Troy

Jules Olsman, City Commissioner, Huntington Woods

For previous transit stories see: https://oaklandcounty115.com/?s=transit.




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