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Some Michigan Legislators really want a decreased focus on transit. Hard to believe . . . Maybe gas prices are not enough to get them thinking!

Do Michiganders value transit? Judging from the results of a recent election, the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’

Voters in relatively conservative Western Michigan approved five out five transit levies that were up for approval during last week’s election. (Three were approved with more than 75 percent supporting.)

To read more  click here

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Investing in High-Speed Rail ???Much-Needed Step Toward Strengthening Our Economy"

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The U.S. Travel Association strongly supports the Administrations proposed plan to move forward with High Speed Rail.

Businesses are starting to embrace high speed rail investment: the US Travel Association is the latest to embrace the Administration’s proposal for $8 billion in FY2012 for high speed rail funding.

Read more at the Midwest High Speed Rail Association’s facebook page.  And read a whole lot more at the Midwest High Speed Rail Association’s web site.

High Speed Rail is about strengthening the economy.  We, the people, must lift our vision of the future above the status quo and envision the country we want our kids and grand kids to experience.   High Speed Rail is not my only hope for the future.  But, it is part of what “tomorrow” can, and yes, should hold!!!     

High Speed Rail is an investment in the future!

Great quotes from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about high-speed rail:

“What is America waiting for? I don’t want to spend money we don’t have. I’m sympathetic to the cost of debt. I’m sympathetic to encumbering our descendents with the cost of building things. But this is not wasting money.”

“The mayor complained that the current federal plan for high-speed rail projects allots just over 1% to the Northeast. “That simply just doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “What we need is a new approach to spending transportation money — one that is not dictated by politics, but based on economics.”

Read more in this Wall Street Journal article: Bloomberg Joins Obama’s Push for High-Speed Rail

 


 

Transportation – Goal 1 – Michigan 50 Year Vision

What do you want Michigan to look like in the year 2060?

We’re asking you to tell us with the release of our draft Michigan 50 Year Vision – a document that attempts to chart a shared path toward a cleaner, more vibrant and sustainable Michigan. We’re releasing each of the six key sections – Water, Energy, Agriculture, Great Cities, Sustainable Communities and Transportation – individually through the end of the year. Please comment in the online forms, or email vision@environmentalcouncil.org

Thank you!

Michigan Environmental Council staff