Major Metro Detroit regional transit initiative announcement expected today
Leaders from Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland counties meeting for announcement
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Leaders from around Michigan are expected to make an announcement Monday morning involving regional transit.
Sources said this is expected to be a push to expand regional transit in the Metro Detroit area. The announcement is happening at 10 a.m. at Beaumont in Royal Oak.
Expected in attendance include: Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Oakland County Executive David Coulter, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners Char Jason Morgan, State Rep. Jason Sheppard (R-Temperance), Beaumont Health COO Carolyn Wilson, Wayne County Board of Commissioners Chair Alisha Bell, Detroit City Council member Scott Benson and Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chair David Woodward.
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is not expected to be there.
In 2016, Metro Detroit voters rejected a tax to fund a regional public transportation plan. Voters in Wayne and Washtenaw counties overall supported the tax, but it was opposed in Oakland and Macomb counties.
In 2018, Wayne County revealed a new regional transit plan that it hoped would make the 2018 ballot. At the time, Oakland County released a statement saying it “cannot support a regional transit plan that taxes Oakland County communities which already said ‘no’ to funding regional transit just 16 months ago.”
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