On March 24, 2016, the Ecology Center joined civic, faith, labor, environmental and social service organizations, along with business and community leaders from across the region at an event in Detroit to show their support for connected regional transit in Southeast Michigan. A Coalition for Transit (ACT), a broad-based coalition representing a group of diverse individuals and organizations that recognize just how essential regional transit is for a modern city to grow and compete, hosted the event to bring its members together to discuss the lack of connected regional transit in Southeast Michigan. ACT is committed to improving the quality of life and the economy by seamlessly connecting Southeast Michigan’s four counties – Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne, including the City of Detroit.
Southeast Michigan is one of the largest metropolitan regions in the country without a connected public transit network. Due to this disjointed regional transit situation, many jobs and communities in Southeast Michigan remain inaccessible or far underserved. ACT is working to educate residents in the four counties about the need for efficient, accessible regional transit.
Southeast Michigan residents deserve a reliable transit system to connect them to jobs, education, recreation and vital goods and services necessary for maintaining a quality of life. ACT is working towards achieving just that: a transit system that connects people to jobs and opportunity, allows senior citizens and people with disabilities to maintain their independence, connects our communities and truly allows Southeast Michigan residents to experience everything our region has to offer.
Ecology Center has been committed to improving transit in our community for years, working with the Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority (AAATA) to expand services for residents in Washtenaw’s urban core, but reliable, effective transit cannot be disjointed. The need for regional transit in Southeast Michigan has never been greater. It is time that our communities become truly connected.
Published on March 30, 2016