Michigan must invest more money in transit, or pay the price for inaction

November 8, 2014

Guest column by Peter Varga and Richard K. Studley in MLive:

Grand Rapids is now living up to its name.

Commuters recently began taking the 9.6-mile Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit System, which connects the southern end of the metropolitan area with Downtown and the Medical Mile. The new route cuts commuters’ trips by more than a third — and by easing congestion, improves other drivers’ commutes as well.

Grand Rapids — and the entire state of Michigan — must continue to invest in projects like the Silver Line…

If nothing is done to address Michigan’s infrastructure needs, our state will unnecessarily fork over $7.7 billion a year in wasted fuel, lost time, and increased accidents… In Grand Rapids, drivers will find themselves paying an extra $1,000 each year…

Read the rest of the story on MLive, 6 November 2014

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