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Topic: Transportation Policy

MEC supports Gov. Snyder's call for regional transportation authority in SE Michigan

Authority is key step in connecting people with jobs, schools, housing
The Michigan Environmental Council issued a statement of support tonight for Gov. Rick Snyder’s renewed call for the Michigan Legislature to establish a regional authority to coordinate public transportation in Southeast Michigan. The governor called for the authority, and for rollout of a bus rapid transit system for the region, during tonight’s State of the State address.

“Better public transportation options are vital to connecting people with jobs, housing, education and other opportunities in our state’s most populated region,” Kolb said. “We join with Governor Snyder in visioning a 21st century transportation system that not only rebuilds our roads and bridges, but invests in bus transit, linking cities by rail, and walkable, bikeable communities where people want to live and work.”

Kolb said the Michigan Environmental Council is looking forward to partnering with the administration on Snyder’s special message on energy and the environment this fall. Increased investment in clean, Michigan-made energy and initiatives to protect the Great Lakes and the state’s other natural treasures should be a part of that message, Kolb said.

“Our state’s incredible natural resources underpin our economy in numerous ways – from farming to manufacturing to tourism and our quality of life,” said Kolb. “We stand ready to help shape policies that sustain and enhance those resources.”

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