Editorial: Statewide, transit needs a big push

From the Detroit Free Press

Legislators declared during the 1970s that Michigan ought to develop a statewide transit system, assisted by state funding in all 83 counties. That policy continues to guide the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Nearly 40 years later, however, unreliable and inadequate funding threatens to dismantle a statewide system, even as Michigan’s urban regions plan to develop modern rapid transit service that would revitalize the state’s two largest cities.

It’s time for a real debate on transit in Michigan that gubernatorial candidates Rick Snyder and Virg Bernero should logically lead.

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