You’re invited to the MML to discuss transportation funding – ACTION NEEDED‏

Note: As it currently stands, trains, transit, and non-motorized travel nodes will receive no increased funding from the $450 million transportation funding package that passed out of the House last week. The bills now go to the Senate, so the time for ACTION is now. If you can’t get to Lansing, please phone in to the number in the message below. There may be a “Go To Meeting” set up online. Contact either of the two people at the bottom of the page. Feel free to forward to others interested in trains, transit, and non-motorized transportation modes

mptamecTo: Parties interested in MDOT Comprehensive Transportation Funding

Re: Meeting to help advocate for CFT inclusion in current transportation funding package

Michigan Public Transit Association and the Michigan Environmental Council will host a meeting and conference call/Go To Meeting event for all interested parties at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15th at the offices of the Michigan Municipal League.

The purpose of this meeting is to coordinate advocacy efforts to assure all new transportation money go through the current funding formula. This will ensure that recipients of CTF funds, including public transit, will benefit from the changes being considered in the Legislature.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s office has expressed its support for this concept; now we need to work to make it happen, using our lobbying, grass roots and communications assets. If you cannot attend, you can access the meeting by a conference call at 1-888-812-9637, passcode 548-270-63-22#.

We will be determining whether we need to use the Go To Meeting tools between now and Thursday, so keep an eye open for additional emails on that topic.

The proposed agenda is straightforward. Our goal is to hold this meeting to under 1 hour.

  • Welcome, discussion of current situation: Clark Harder, MPTA, others.
  • Desired outcome: Dennis Schornack, Gov. Rick Snyder’s Senior Strategy Advisor
  • Assets available discussion: David Waymire, Martin Waymire
  • Assignments: All
If you feel an organization should be included in this email, please feel free to invite them to Thursday’s meeting.
For more information, please contact David Waymire or Jessica Tramontana of Martin Waymire at 517-485-6600.