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Public forums: Deciding how Michigan rolls

Transportation input will be delivered to Gov. Snyder, legislature and policymakers
Aug 2, 2011
Roads, buses, rail, bicycles, bridges and walkable cities all will be on the agenda during a series of community forums on transportation underway across Michigan.

Sponsored by the Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) coalition, the forums are designed to generate input to Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Legislature and policymakers as they create a shared transportation vision for the state.

“Governor Snyder said during his special message on transportation last year that he wanted to start a statewide conversation to help guide transportation policy and make it a vital component of our economic recovery,” said Kathryn Gray, coordinator of the Trans4M coalition. “These forums will help deliver the needs and wishes of Michiganders to Gov. Snyder and other key policymakers.”

The next forum is tonight in Ann Arbor, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ann Arbor Spark, 330 E. Liberty Street. It is sponsored by the Clean Energy Coalition, the Ecology Center, the Washtenaw County Road Commission, the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, Washtenaw County, The Ride, and the Michigan Association of Planning.

Upcoming forums include:

• August 9 in Warren, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Warren Civic Center, One City Square
• August 15 in Muskegon, 6 to 8 p.m. at the United Way, 31 E. Clay Ave.
• August 16 in Flint, time and location to be determined
• August 20 in Houghton, time and location to be determined • August 21 in Lansing, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove St., East Lansing
• August 28 in Jackson, 6 to 8 p.m. at Jackson City Hall, 161 W. Michigan Ave.
• August 29 in Escanaba, time to be determined at the Michigan Tech Education Center, 2000 N. 30th St.
• August 30 in Traverse City, location and time to be determined • September 11 in Kalamazoo, location and time to be determined
• September 13 in Port Huron, location and time to be determined
• September 18 in Grand Rapids, location and time to be determined
• September 25 in St. Joseph, location and time to be determined

Check back at www.trans4m.org for updated information on locations and times. Forums already have taken place in Midland, Royal Oak, Dearborn and Detroit.

 “People are excited about the prospects for improving Michigan’s roads, public transportation options and bike- and pedestrian-friendly towns,” said Gray. “They’re sharing that with us during these forums, and we will be sharing it with lawmakers and policy experts as we move toward a reliable, efficient and interconnected transportation system for our state.”

Transportation for Michigan (www.trans4m.org) is a statewide coalition working to create a stronger Michigan through transportation policy reform that will revitalize Michigan’s cities and towns, reconnect its people to opportunity, and spark a healthier economy. Trans4M coalition partners include nonprofits, businesses, policymakers, environmental groups, planners, academic institutions and others.

Kathryn Gray: 517-795-7617
Tim Fischer: 734-255-9206
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