WHY REGIONAL TRANSIT MATTERS
Southeast Michigan is missing out on many of the benefits associated with connected,
regional transit because we don't invest enough.
Connect People to Jobs
Many employees travel across the region for work. 72% of employees who work in the City don’t live in the City, while 62% of Detroit’s residents work outside the city.
92% of jobs cannot be reached within an hour of transit. Detroit’s regional transit ranks among the worst of large metro regions nationally.
Creates Good-Paying Jobs
Connected, regional transit creates short-term construction jobs and long-term operation and maintenance jobs in the region.
Billions in Economic Benefit
National studies show that communities can expect $4 in economic benefit for every $1 invested in regional transit.
Connecting Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties with reliable regional transit will cost the average homeowner $96 per year.
Voting YES to improve regional transit in Southeast Michigan will help real people — seniors, people with disabilities, employees, the unemployed, employers and students — who struggle everyday to get where they need to go.
Seamless regional transit will support 67,800 regional jobs, add $6 billion in Gross Regional Product and help support an increase in personal income of $4.4 billion.
The Master Plan will help solve these problems by connecting nearly four million people with 23 colleges, 310 schools, 22 hospitals, 100+ grocery stores, 410+ parks and 47 libraries.
60% of people will be in walking distance to transit
75% of jobs will be served by regional transit
22 hospitals will be served directly by transit, ensuring access for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
23 Colleges will be served by transit, making college and employment easier to access for low-income students.
In Their Own Words
Why reliable, regional transit matters to people throughout Southeast Michigan.
“We are grateful to all of our supporters and volunteers who worked so hard to show the tremendous benefits voting YES would have provided, including: connecting our communities across Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, increasing independence for seniors and people with disabilities and connecting people to jobs and opportunities throughout Southeast Michigan. This election was
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Regional Master Transit Plan includes significant benefits for Macomb County with key taxpayer protections.
Do you want to show your support for regional transit by putting up a yard sign? First, thank you! And second, you can find them at any of the following locations:
From Detroit, the region’s largest city, to the county’s cities and townships of all sizes, Wayne County municipal leaders united today to urge residents to vote YES for regional transit on Nov. 8.
Regional transit is key to employment in Southeast Michigan: filling available jobs, connecting people to jobs, creating jobs
Job providers, job placement specialists and jobs seekers joined forces today to speak up about one of the biggest barriers to employment in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties: the lack of reliable transportation.
Southeast Michigan Faith Leaders say YES for regional transit Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths come together to help make regional transit a reality DETROIT – Faith, clergy and community leaders from Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths across Southeast Michigan — who understand that disconnected transit negatively affects their members — are endorsing a YES vote
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From Pontiac to Oak Park, numerous Oakland County mayors are endorsing the vote YES for regional transit ballot initiative this November.
Former Gov. Milliken: Regional transit proposal is historic opportunity to move Southeast Michigan forward
Four decades after expressing deep concern that Southeast Michigan “the transportation center of the nation … is woefully negligent in meeting present and projected mass transportation needs,” former Gov. William Milliken strongly endorsed the regional transit proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot and urged residents to vote YES.
Metro-Detroit AFL-CIO – representing more than 140,000 members – and the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce – which represents more than 650 members – are the newest groups to join Citizens for Connecting our Communities (C3), the campaign coalition to Vote YES for Regional Transit this November.
Leaders from diverse industries, organizations and communities across Washtenaw County have emphatically endorsed the “Vote YES for regional transit” ballot initiative before voters this November.