Looking at the policy goals of the Michigan Environmental Council

March 3, 2015

When it comes to “what most think is a badly needed new bridge across the Detroit River,” or endorsing “the May 5th ballot proposal to increase the sales tax primarily to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads,” in comparison to other groups concerned with the environment,

The Michigan Environmental Council… is more firmly anchored in the art of the possible, though they are at least as fiercely dedicated to the environment.

The MEC, which has been around for 35 years, is actually a coalition of more than 70 environmentally conscious organizations…

Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry today interviews some of

MEC’s top leadership, including Chris Kolb, a former legislator and their president, and James Clift, their policy director.

They like the [sales tax for roads] ballot proposal, in part, because it would also eventually raise more than a hundred million a year for mass transit in our state.

“We’re looking for total, 21st century transportation solutions,” Kolb said.

This means better roads, but they are also committed to funding for the neglected RTA, or Regional Transit Authority, and also and perhaps especially, rail.

People love trains, and the MEC thinks extensive passenger rail service in Michigan may be a thing of the future, not just the past.

They think building an east to west route, from Detroit to Holland, may be the first feasible line, but there’s also considerable interest in trains to Traverse City…

Find the rest of the story [soundtrack included] on Michigan Radio, 3 March 2015


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