Macomb County elected leaders say YES for regional transit

For Immediate Release: Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

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

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Regional Master Transit Plan includes significant benefits for Macomb County with key taxpayer protections

Warren, Mich – A YES vote for regional transit is a vote that benefits all residents, communities and businesses across Macomb County and the entire Southeast Michigan region, said elected leaders from throughout the county today.

“A reliable regional transit system that connects our communities and counties is long overdue. We simply can no longer afford to be the only region in the country without such a network,” said U.S. Rep. Sander Levin. “We have a historic opportunity this November to make a real, meaningful difference that moves Macomb County and the region forward. Voting YES will help get people to available jobs, opportunities and critical services, while creating new jobs, spurring economic growth and building more livable communities for all ages.”

A staggering 92 percent of jobs in Southeast Michigan cannot be reached within 60 minutes on existing transit, according to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). And according to U.S. Census Bureau data, nearly 185,000 people commute from Macomb County to Oakland, Washtenaw or Wayne counties for work every day. That’s in addition to 78,000+ people from across the region who commute daily to Macomb County for work.

“There are few things that would be more transformative for Macomb County and all who live, work and do business here than reliable regional transit,” said State Sen. Steven Bieda. “A YES vote will increase independence for our seniors and people with disabilities, help workers connect to jobs and support their families, and boost our economy. That’s what I call a smart investment.”

Other Macomb County elected officials endorsing a YES vote include:

  • State Rep. Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores)
  • Macomb County Commissioner Dave Flynn (Sterling Heights)
  • Macomb County Commissioner Fred Miller (Mt. Clemens and parts of Clinton and Harrison townships)
  • Sterling Heights City Council Member Doug Skrzyniarz
  • Warren City Council Member Robert Boccomino

These officials join more than 315 businesses and labor organizations, hospitals and health care providers, interfaith leaders and senior and disability advocates representing more than 1.5 million people as those who believe the time is now to make regional transit a reality for Southeast Michigan.

Specific to Macomb County, that list includes the Macomb County and Sterling Heights Chambers of Commerce, Ford, GM, UAW Region 1, Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Health Systems, St. John Providence and many more. To view the growing list of coalition members, visit www.voteyesforregionaltransit.com/our-coalition/.

Specific benefits of the Regional Master Transit Plan for Macomb County include more than 14,000 new jobs supported over the next 20 years and gross regional product slated to grow by more than $1.4 billion with real personal income growing by about another $1 billion. Beyond that, the county will benefit from new BRT service along the key Gratiot Ave. corridor, expanded paratransit (specialized door-to-door) services by 33 percent to increase independence for seniors and people with disabilities, numerous improved cross-county connector routes, commuter express options and an airport express to Detroit Metro Airport.

The plan also includes a Taxpayer Protection Clause that guarantees against an increase, renewal or redirect of any money dedicated to connecting Southeast Michigan’s four counties, unless pre-approved by the voters.

For more information about Citizens for Connecting our Communities, visit www.voteyesforregionaltransit.com, follow on Twitter @yesfortransit and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/voteyesforregionaltransit.

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