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Statement on RTA “Connect Southeast Michigan” Plan

“We are disappointed that the Southeast Michigan leaders represented on the Regional Transit Authority were unable to agree upon a plan to move our region’s transit system forward.  When the quality of transit systems in large urban areas across our country are ranked, our region’s transit system consistently falls near the bottom of the list – and that state of affairs is badly complicating life for many of our citizens.

“Strong mass transit benefits everyone, directly or indirectly.  It connects residents with jobs, education, health care and entertainment.  It spurs economic development and improves the quality of life.

“At the Mackinac Policy Conference in May, more than 250 companies and nonprofits called for a plan to improve transit in our region.  That call for action will persist, despite today’s setback, and we remain committed to working with our region’s leaders to achieve this goal.”

Sandy Baruah, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Chamber; Gerry Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy; and the 250+ Employers for Transit Coalition