INTRO: The Michigan Senate Transportation committee took testimony in Detroit yesterday. The committee has never done that before. They wanted to hear from metro Detroiters about the regional transit authority. A set of bills in the legislature could do two more things that have never been done: create a single agency to manage mass transit and, two, bring decent mass transit, although an elaborate street car system existed before it was ripped up in 1956.
Leo Hanefin, is the Dean of the College of Engineering & Science at University of Detroit Mercy. He’s on the board of the M1 Rail project. He says the city and state’s economy have little chance of growing without decent mass transit.
He spoke at SEMCOG headquarters Downtown. About 120 attended and 25 testified. Governor Snyder has put a regional transit authority high on his agenda.
Former State Representative Marie Donigan championed transit more than any other legislator.
Diane Bukowski is the editor of VoiceofDetroit.net. She was a city employee and an elected union official.