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Public transportation can work if properly supported

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration 400 Seventh St. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20590

United States Dept. of Transportation
400 7th Street, SW Washington D.C. 20590

Federal funding for mass transit comes from the federal gas tax to pay for capital grants. The protection of present state policies and funds for those who cannot afford the necessary high costs of mass transit will work best to ensure we can retain and increase these grants.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for both raising money for federal transit grants and to provide logistic operating supports. Maintaining and repairing existing transportation systems are paramount to the quality of life and economy of Michigan.

The suburbs of Detroit are loaded with low wage jobs with little or no opportunities to get from low income areas to places of employment other then a car. Saving SMART and mass transit to benefit the taxpayers requires industry supports and job growth. Raising the county transit authority tax without this growth will not keep our region "moving forward".

Industry transit support in the form of decent paying jobs are most important to pay for mass transit.
These include - ACO, Blockbuster, Borders, Burger King, Comerica, Days Inn, Domino's Pizza, Ford Motor Compay, General Motors, Home Depot, J.C. Pennys, K-Mart, Kroger, Marriott Hotels, McDonalds, Meijers, Murrays, Office Max, Sears, Staples, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Target, United Airlines, Walgreens, Wal-Mart plus many, many more.

Public transit providers who increase funding by getting people to their jobs are the most successful in all cases and there are many statistics that show this. DARTA proponents and many transit advocates claim new regional and increased local taxes will bring in more federal funds from the sale of fuel to our State. Statistics show higher regional and local transit taxes do not always result in a meaningful gain of federal transit grants or more cost-effective transportation. These WebPages propose that the basic minimal needs of the transit supportive taxpayers are met first, using existing tax mechanisms and funds.

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