Current Status: On the Senate Floor - In January 2012, Sen. Tom Casperson (R - Escanaba), among others, introduced this bill package to create a Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority.
(Same original content as HB 5309)
This package creates the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority. The authority will create public transit options connectiong southeast Michigan localities. Initial routes may include a Woodward corridor from Detroit to Birmingham, a Gratiot corridor between Detroit and Mt. Clemens, a northern line between Troy and Mt. Clemens, and a western line from Detroit to Ann Arbor with stops in Dearborn, the Detroit metro airport, and Ypsilanti. Increased public transportation options will reduce road congestion and vehicle emissions in the region. As a regional authority, it would be eligible for certain federal funding.
Sponsors: Thomas Casperson (R - Escanaba), Bert Johnson (D - Detroit), Michael Kowall (R - White Lake), and Rebekah Warren (D - Ann Arbor)
Current Status: On the Senate Floor