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MEC applauds passage of Transit Authority bills through State Senate

Authority a key component of an efficient public transportation system in SE Michigan; securing of federal funding
The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded Michigan State Senate approval of a Regional Transit Authority for Southeast Michigan – a vital and necessary step toward bringing convenient, safe and affordable public transportation to the region.

“A regional transit authority is an essential step in providing a higher level of coordinated transit service in Southeast Michigan,” said Chris Kolb, MEC president. "This is a critical tool to increase the region’s capacity to compete with other Midwest states and big cities as well as to leverage federal transportation money for the Detroit Metropolitan area.”

Kolb said the bipartisan Senate vote, 22-16, should help pave the way for approval in the Michigan House of Representatives which is necessary before the Authority becomes law. Governor Rick Snyder has been a strong proponent of the authority and a more robust and coordinated system of rapid buses and other transportation tools for the region.

“There have been more than 20 failed attempts to create such an authority over the years,” said Kolb. “We are optimistic that this time it is for real.”

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