The decisions we make in the next few years about transportation will play a pivotal role in determining competitiveness of our economy, the condition of our communities and the quality of our environment. It's appalling that Detroit is the only large metro area in the US without a rapid transit system; because of this we forego hundreds of millions in federal aid that could help us build transit now. We need a comprehensive overhaul of Michigan's transportation policies to give top priority to the investments that will enhance our state's competitiveness and prevent us from being left behind by states that are racing to invest in public transportation. We must also rebuild our crumbling infrastructure first instead of wasting public dollars on new roads and bridges that we will not be able to afford to maintain.
As your state representative I will:
Fight to reform our state constitution and public acts to enable Michigan to increase the transportation options available and empower residents to decide for themselves how to pay for public transit
Work to increase funding for existing transit systems and insist on a Fix-It-First policy that gives priority to ensuring proper maintenance and safety of existing roads and bridges
Champion the funding of new rapid transit investments, including the Woodward light rail line and the Ann Arbor-Airport-Detroit commuter rail project.