Community forum on transportation to be held in Ann Arbor Aug. 2

'Help decide how Michigan rolls in the future' 

The Ecology Center is co-sponsoring a forum on Aug. 2 to gather insight on state transportation policy and investments that could be made in our region.

“This is planned as an opportunity for people and organizations in our community to weigh in and help decide how Michigan rolls in the future,” according to Charles Griffith, energy and climate program director at the Ecology Center.

The forum, convened by Trans4M: Transportation for Michigan, is free and open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Ann Arbor SPARK’s offices, 330 East Liberty St.

The session in Ann Arbor is one of more than a dozen scheduled around the state to respond to a challenge issued by Gov. Rick Snyder last year.

In a message on the future of Michigan’s transportation infrastructure, Snyder said: “I fully recognize that solving this decades-long challenge will not be easy, but I am convinced that starting the conversation and debate now is absolutely necessary for the future of our economy and our quality of life. I look forward to working with the legislature, our local communities and our citizens over the next several months to develop a plan and the political will to implement it.”

After Snyder’s speech, members of Trans4M coalition decided they would make a concerted effort to create public “conversation and debate” throughout the state. 

“Trans4M is holding this series of forums throughout Michigan in which the citizens, non-profits, and businesses will work together to create a shared transportation vision for the state,” according to a statement from the organization.

Other sponsors of the forum in Ann Arbor include the Clean Energy Coalition, the Washtenaw County Road Commission, the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study and the Michigan chapter of the American Planning Association.

EcoLink — July 2012
An online publication of the Ecology Center

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