Advancing Transportation

Michigan may be home to the Motor City, but to tackle climate change and ensure that all people have equitable access to transportation, we need to shift our focus to how we move people, not just cars.

For decades, Michigan designed our transportation system for cars.  The approach came at a high cost: air pollution, climate change, and communities that are unsafe to walk and bike in.  The good news is that Michigan is beginning to reimagine mobility.

MEC has made a strong push to ensure that state leaders look at our transportation system as a whole and consider all users when debating major funding proposals.  We have supported the expansion of passenger rail service and comprehensive mass transit in the Detroit Metro area and encouraged the growth of non-motorized travel options.

Our vision is a Michigan where we can travel within our neighborhoods, across cities and throughout the state using a variety of clean, affordable, convenient, and comfortable transit options including zero-emission vehicles, rails, buses and non-motorized forms of travel.


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2017-18 Legislative Priorities:

  • Establish a diverse coalition to engage in issues and shape policies related to autonomous vehicle technology, with a focus on potential impacts on the environment, current transit systems and underserved populations.
  • Collaborate with biking advocates across the state to protect cyclists by improving legislation, promoting protected bicycle lanes and planning next steps for electric bicycles.
  • Better connect our state by rail through continued work on the Coast-to-Coast passenger rail system and support for the Ann Arbor-Traverse City and Washtenaw-Livingston lines.

Passenger Rail

MEC has been a leading voice advocating for the restoration of passenger train service, focusing on a Coast-to-Coast route that connects Detroit to Lansing and Grand Rapids and ultimately reaching Lake Michigan in Holland.

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Regional Transit in SE Michigan

Cities work best when everyone can get around, but for too long Detroit and its surrounding suburbs have focused on moving cars instead of people.

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