Former Gov. Milliken: Regional transit proposal is historic opportunity to move Southeast Michigan forward

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Oct. 18 2016

Contacts: Sara Wurfel, Truscott Rossman

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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.

“This measure provides a historic opportunity to move the region forward in so many ways,” Milliken said. “As I said then and is still true today … the wheels of progress will turn only as fast as the wheels of transportation. Advancing reliable regional transit will help employers hire more workers and give workers the ability to get to good paying jobs and opportunities, ensure Southeast Michigan can compete for the talent and jobs of the 21st Century and provide more independence and mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. It’s a proposal that deserves and needs a YES vote.”

“The strong support of Governor Milliken – a long-time dedicated public servant and civic leader who has been the conscience of our state for decades – is an important signal that demonstrates the time is now to finally ensure we can connect our communities through reliable regional transit,” said Shaun Wilson, spokesperson for Citizens Connecting our Communities, the official ballot committee committed to making regional transit a reality this November.

If approved by voters this fall, the Regional Master Transit Plan will connect more than 2,600 miles, four million residents and nearly two million existing jobs across Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, ensuring frequent, seamless service on major regional corridors and key connectors instead of today’s fragmented and limited options. It will also increase paratransit services by at least 33 percent to help provide greater independence for seniors and people with disabilities. The 20-year plan will see most new service completed within the first five years.

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