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Statement From Detroit Regional Chamber On RTA Ballot Proposal Vote

DETROIT, July 28, 2016 – Today, Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams issued the following statement on the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan’s vote regarding ballot language for a millage proposal in the November election.

“Despite 50 years of effort to create a sustainable, reliable transit system in Southeast Michigan, today’s vote of the RTA Board slowed progress on this critical need once again and jeopardizes the region’s long-term sustainability and economic growth. We encourage regional leaders to come together as quickly as possible to resolve their differences so that voters will have the opportunity to vote on this plan.”

Yesterday, a coalition of regional corporate, university and civic leaders issued an open letter to Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel regarding the RTA vote.

View the full letter attached.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit