The League supports a Detroit Metropolitan Area Regional Transit System.
- Includes all governmental units under a single transportation agency.
- Governmental units should not be able to opt out of this system.
- Goals should be to:
- Provide transportation services.
- Revitalize the urban area.
- Reduce air pollution.
- Primary attention should be given to:
- Increasing mobility throughout the area.
- Helping the general population to get jobs.
- Reducing the use of the private automobile.
The League supports a Transportation Agency governed by an appointed board of 8 to 13 members.
- Term of office should be 3-4 years, overlapping, part-time and with minimal salaries.
- Board members should represent both population and governmental units.
- Appointments should be by a combination of agencies to include SEMCOG and the Governor.
- The Mayor of Detroit and the County Board of Commissioners could be included in the appointing combination of agencies.
- If there is an elected board:
- The election should be nonpartisan.
- Public officials or employees should not be restricted from holding office, but each potential appointee should be carefully evaluated for possible conflict of interest.
- Board members whether elected or appointed, should not be for an indefinite number of years.
The League supports a minimum level of service provided to all.
- This should include:
- Urban and outlying areas.
- The elderly.
- The handicapped.
- The greatest level of service should go to heavily populated areas. Job locations should be considered in establishing transportation routes.
- There should be a mix of linehaul* and specialized bus service to outlying areas for those individuals who are dependent on public transportation for mobility.
- Curb-to-curb and door-to-door should be available such as paratransit** types of services.
- Park-and-ride type services should be available to avoid single occupancy vehicles.
- There should be selected fare reductions for the handicapped, elderly, the young and students.
The League supports funding for public transportation from a combination of federal, state and local taxes that supports modes of public transportation.
- Vehicle-related taxes and taxes from other sources, such as general revenue and sales taxes should be included.
- Extra local demand-responsible transportation should be funded mainly by the community served. A mix of other funding sources may be more appropriate for most types of special service or to meet the needs of certain populations.
- There should be coordination among various types of special and linehaul* transportation services.
The League supports statewide general purpose transportation fund.
- Allocation from the fund should be determined by need.
- State Department of Transportation should give equal attention to all modes of transportation.
- The director of the Department should have experience in all modes of transportation.
* linehaul = bus lines of straight routes
** paratransit = new terminology defining other than ‘linehaul’