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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Legislative Priorities:

  • Broaden the charge of the Council on Future Mobility to incorporate electric vehicles and expand and diversity the stakeholders on that council.
  • Set an ambitious goal for the number of electric vehicles to have on the road in Michigan by 2030.
  • Effectively implement the Michigan Infrastructure Council's asset management planning to ensure that when funds are directed towards roads, that water and other infrastructure projects (gas, fiber, etc.) are also upgraded to make the most efficient use of funds.
  • Support an EV-ready community legislative package that provides model ordinances and guidance to local governments on how to convert municipal fleets to electric, adapt to and encourage the growth of private electric vehicle adoption in their communities and encourage or require new buildings to include wiring for EV charging.

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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Mobility for all Michigan

Mobility For All Michigan is a coalition of mobility advocates working for a transportation system that moves people safely and efficiently, regardless of how they choose to travel. We've joined together to urge Michigan lawmakers to take all tran...

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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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