Dont Throw Transit Plan Under The Bus
Public transportation improvements in the Grand Rapids metro region have overwhelming support from a multitude of nonprofit groups, community leaders and residents who have created partnerships to further the lofty goal of service expansion throughout the area. Lofty goal? It is so because the governor, with the aid of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, makes a mockery of the regional toil spent in creating such a plan.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed a mass-transit bill introduced by State Rep. Jerry Kooiman, which provided some state match of transportation dollars to secure the federal money earmarked for the type of project planned by The Rapid (fixed route busing, light rail etc). During an appearance on the WGVU-GVK telecast of "West Michigan Week," the governor said she vetoed the bill because it did not include the "two to three other cities" that might also be able to leverage such funding, and "it's just not right" to allow Kent County alone to benefit. Some might ask how that is any different from the multitude of special
The fact is that SEMCOG and
Granholm's further disavowing of any influence on Michigan Department of Transportation funding is further fallacy. MDOT's disregard for
Granholm said, while in
Legislators from across the state should put Granholm's feet to the fire for the outrageous twists of the truth, as should voters in
Kooiman has reintroduced the legislation to secure the state funds needed to match the federal funding. It was not long ago that Granholm was featured in live broadcasts testifying to federal transportation officials in regard to
The partners creating the regional transportation plan "Getting There Together" are commended for the work, and urged to deliver it to the governor en masse.