Rep. Stapleton to host transportation meeting

State Representative Maureen Stapleton is hosting a transportation town hall meeting on Monday, March 11th at 6pm.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the discussion will be about “roads, transit and related infrastructure issues.”

Officials will speak with residents about roads and road funding — and as the Legislature considers establishing a regional transit authority in metro Detroit, they’ll discuss what such an agency would mean for southeast Michigan, organizers said.

Stapleton will host the meeting along with Rep. Fred Durhal Jr.; both are Detroit Democrats. Representatives from the Detroit-based advocacy group Transportation Riders United, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Wayne County and the County Road Association of Michigan will be on hand too.

The meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren at I-75 in Detroit.

CRAM

It’s interesting that the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM) will be present. They have been on the wrong side of some very good state legislation.

For instance, they were basically the only opposition to the national award winning Recreation Passport program which is now successfully funding our Michigan State Parks. They claimed it was unconstitutional in front of a combined Senate/House committee where legislators told them otherwise.

They also unsuccessfully tried amending the Complete Streets legislation by removing the long-standing requirement that a minimum of 1% of state road funding go toward non-motorized transportation. It is still among their legislative priorities to undo this 1% state funding requirement.

They are supportive of a terrible bill (HB 4021) that would divert state park funding to pay for roads and airports even though Michigan voters changed the state constitution to prevent such funding raids.

Ironically enough, it was bicyclists, including Edward N. Hines that led efforts to create county road commission in 1893 and 1894. Prior to changing the state constitution in 1894, it was unconstitutional for counties or county road commissions to build and maintain roads.

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