Michigan is overdue for a complete transportation system

January 24, 2015

In a guest column by Chris Kolb, president of the Michigan Environmental Council in MLive, Mr. Kolb responds to comments in a recent column which “reflect the antique thinking and lack of vision that explain why other states are eating Michigan’s lunch when it comes to attracting young innovators and entrepreneurs.” Mr. Kolb counters that the transportation funding proposal on the ballot in May

“follows the traditional formula Michigan has used for decades to spread funding across the state’s complete transportation system. Each component gets its share, including roads, bridges, harbors, freight and passenger rail, and transit…

People in places with good transit support it because they see how their investment builds economic strength and a desirable quality of life for everyone, not just transit riders.

Every dollar invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Michigan’s return on investment will only increase as the quality and convenience of our transit options expands…”

Read the rest of the story in MLive, 24 January 2015.

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