TAKE ACTION: Troy city council to decide the fate of the transit center Dec. 19

December 15, 2011 by
Filed under: Action alerts 

Midwest High-Speed RailTroy, Michigan, has been chosen for an $8.4 million federal grant that will fund 100% of a new Multi-Modal Transportation Facility. On December 19th, the City Council will vote on whether to keep or reject these funds. Make your voice heard by asking the City Council to keep the grant – and the jobs and private investment that come with it.

The proposed transportation facility will bring economic development, jobs, environmental, and mobility benefits to the local community. It will service both SMART buses and improved passenger rail along the Chicago-to-Pontiac route, which is slated to reach 110 mph capability in the near future. The federal grant will cover all of the project’s estimated design and construction costs, and the City is protected from cost overruns through an agreement with the construction manager.

A similar federally funded project in Normal, Illinois, resulted in 375 jobs and $200 million in private investment, including a new hotel and conference center near the station. It is also projected that nearby property values will rise. Neither the City of Troy or the State of Michigan can afford to lose federal investments and the jobs that come with them.

Please urge the City Council to support keeping the federal grant and building the new station.

 

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