|Southeast Michigan residents
have a unique opportunity to provide valuable guidance to elected leadership in
Lansing and help shape how we will maintain and improve the transportation
system – roads, bridges, and transit – in Southeast Michigan through a regional
online survey sponsored by the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) and SEMCOG,
the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. Citizens can take the
online survey directly, or by visiting the
SEMCOG or MAC websites.
The region’s and state’s infrastructure needs are estimated to cost $2.8 billion per year over the next 20 years, with only $1.4 billion currently available from federal, state, and local sources (primarily gas taxes and vehicle registration fees). There are many causes for this large gap, including the general economic downturn, fewer vehicle miles traveled, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and the fact that the gas tax has not been increased since 1997. In addition, we are the only large metropolitan area in the country without a coordinated transit system that serves the needs of the region.
To ensure that Southeast Michigan preserves a high quality of life and attracts and retains business investment, tourism, and a dynamic and educated workforce, we need to maintain our roads and bridges in good condition, and provide better transit options.
The brief survey asks nine questions pertaining to two transportation-related topics:
This Pulse of the Region survey is an easy way for the public to voice their opinions and have an impact on the future of the region’s transportation system. “With legislation just introduced in the State House and Senate on these critical issues, now is a perfect time to speak up and let your elected officials know what you think,” said Paul E. Tait, Executive Director of SEMCOG and President of MAC.
This survey is powered by Cobalt Community Research, a Michigan-based 501c3 nonprofit research coalition with a mission to provide research and educational tools that help schools, local governments, and other nonprofit member organizations thrive as changes emerge in the economic, demographic, and social landscape.
SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of governmental units serving 4.7 million people in the seven-county region of Southeast Michigan striving to enhance the region’s quality of life.
The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), a non-profit public/private partnership, is the only group that brings business, labor, government, and education together to build consensus and seek solutions to regional issues. MAC is uniquely positioned to be a catalyst for change and help move the region and state forward.