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8MBA Issues Letter in Support of RTA Funding

March 10, 2014 4:24 PM | Jordan Twardy

The Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) is speaking out on the importance of comprehensive regional transportation in Southeast Michigan. The 8MBA Board of Directors, including leaders in the public and private sectors, spoke with one voice in a letter of support to assert that the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) should see its funding allocation of $2 Million restored by the State Legislature. 

This funding, meant to hire a competent CEO and staff, as well as to fund the creation of a comprehensive plan for regional public transportation, was stripped from legislation in the Michigan House of Representatives back in February, and with the Michigan State Senate's rejection of that measure, the issue is now headed to a legislative conference committee for a final decision. 

8MBA believes that this funding is necessary to create the fiscal certainty and confidence necessary for the RTA to fulfill its mandate successfully, rather than exhausting valuable time seeking grants, ahead of a regional vote on transportation funding in 2016. 

As the primary champions for a corridor that not only links all four RTA counties (Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne), but sees some of the highest transit ridership in the state, we believe that comprehensive regional transportation can only succeed with firmness of purpose and the resources to act. 

We hope the state will provide necessary funding for our regional transit efforts to get off to a strong start, and we encourage Eight Mile stakeholders to contact the legislative conferees that will be deciding on this issue in the coming days:

Hon. Jase Bolger, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Hon. Randy Richardville, Senate Majority Leader

Hon. Joseph Haveman, MI State Representative

Hon. Al Psholka, MI State Representative

Hon. Rashida Tlaib, MI State Representative

Hon. Roger Kahn, MI State Senator

Hon. John Moolenaar, MI State Senator

Hon. Glenn Anderson, MI State Senator

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