More than a Million Join Vote YES for Regional Transit Campaign

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2016

Contact: Sara Wurfel, Truscott Rossman swurfel@truscottrossman.com

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DETROIT —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.

More than 310 small businesses, corporations, labor unions, senior groups, disability advocates, health care organizations, colleges, elected officials, environmental groups and religious and social services agencies representing more than 1.5 million people in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties have joined the campaign.

C3 now includes Ford Motor Company, the UAW, the Michigan Nurses Association, Lear Corporation, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber, the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Beaumont Health, St. John Providence Health System, Area Agency on Aging 1-B and The Senior Alliance, reported campaign spokesman Shaun Wilson.

“Organizations and people throughout Southeast Michigan are fed up with disconnected regional transit, given that 92 percent of jobs in our region cannot be reached within 60 minutes using public transit,” said Wilson. “C3 members recognize that reliable regional public transit in Southeast Michigan will help people — seniors, people with disabilities, employees, the unemployed, employers and students — who struggle every day to get where they need to go.

“That is why we are all working hard to urge people to vote YES for Regional Transit this November to connect our communities in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.”

Southeast Michigan lags behind peer regions around the country in per capita transit investment. For example, Southeast Michigan invests $69 per capita, while Cleveland invests $177 per capita – 257 percent more. High-quality transit is a proven catalyst for economic growth. The American Public Transportation Association reports that for every $1 invested in transit, a region receives $4 in economic benefit. In Cleveland, however, they far surpassed that return. For every $1 that Cleveland invested into its Bus Rapid Transit corridor, the city received $114 in economic returns — a total benefit of approximately $6.3 billion in economic development.

To see the growing coalition and learn more about the effort to connect communities throughout Southeast Michigan, visit: VoteYESforRegionalTransit.com.

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