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The 2030 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan is lacking of state CTF funds for public bus service



I-75 and I-94 expansion projects neglect unity

The state CTF tax and industry supports were not enough to keep existing public bus routes from a further decline in 2005 as shown by the city of Livonia's decision to eliminate line bus service. The costs of these projects are breaking up the unity of southeast Michigan's transportation systems as a result.

The economic purposes of mass transit can only be justified as charity or to acquire more industry supports. The loss of revenue sharing to attract more jobs into downtown Detroit and inner suburbs is against our civil rights as explained in the next section (see - The protection of transit funds must be made public). A "NO" vote for Proposal S in August 2006 will not end SMART public bus service. A "NO" vote can be used to effectively stop the poorly planned freeway expansions and state transit cuts as necessary.

Source of information in tables below only
is from SEMCOG - Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
More details can be found on their website




The third passage of transit tax increases in August 2002 (Proposal S, expires August 2006) has failed to prevent the break up of Woodward Ave and related bus lines as more funds are shifted to support wider freeways and roads.


RTP ID

2514

County

Oakland

Project Name

I-75

Project Limits

8 mile Rd to M59

Length (Miles)

18.6

Proposed Work

Widen to 4 lanes in both directions; Reconstruct interchanges

Jurisdiction

MDOT

Time Code

3

- - -

3

Funding Submitter / Source

10 / IM

- - -

10 / MTF

Cost ($1,000ís)

426,000

- - -

107,000



The city of Livonia's November 8, 2005 decision to end the bus contract with SMART will not stop the I-94 project but will actually help as the cause for regional taxes is pushed as essential. Much evidence shows that this project will not significantly slow traffic congestion or provide much needed job opportunities within the city of Detroit.


RTP ID

935

County

Wayne

Project Name

I-94

Project Limits

I-96 Rd to Conner

Length (Miles)

6.6

Proposed Work

Widen to 4 lanes in both directions; Add CD roads; Reconstruct interchanges

Jurisdiction

MDOT

Time Code

2

- - -

2

- - -

3

- - -

3

Funding Submitter / Source

10 / MG

- - -

10 / MTF

- - -

10 / MG

- - -

10 / BOND

Cost ($1,000ís)

34,000

- - -

58,500

- - -

960,000

- - -

240,000



Funding Submitter / Source

Description / Definition

MTF (Michigan Transportation Fund)

State funds generated primarily through state fuel tax receipts and vehicle registration fees.

IM (Interstate Maintenance)

Federal funds for the maintenance of the interstate system.

BOND (State Bond)

State bond funds used by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

MG (Minimum Guarantee)

Federal funds available as a result made to the core federal apportionment programs to ensure each state's share of apportionments in federal programs is at least 90.5 percent of its contributions to the Highway Trust Fund.







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