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MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR ISSUES STATEMENT ON MASS TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

 MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR ISSUES STATEMENT
 ON MASS TRANSPORTATION NETWORK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN
 LANSING, Mich., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is a statement by Michigan Department of Transportation director Patrick M. Nowak on a proposal by Detroit City Councilman Keith A. Butler for a comprehensive mass transportation network for Southeast Michigan:
 The development of a comprehensive mass transportation network is essential to a thriving economy. It is my hope that the issue of a regional transit system in Southeast Michigan receives the full attention of all citizens and the problems of regional public transit in the area will be resolved.
 This proposal by Councilman Keith Butler and the recent proposal by the SMART board of directors for the establishment of a regional public transit system to serve the greater metropolitan Detroit area are positive first steps.
 It is my strong belief that the best approach is development of a transit system which incorporates the following principles:
 -- An objective policy-making board which represents the area to be served.
 -- An equitable local funding mechanism for the operation of the system.
 -- Private sector participation in the provision of transit service.
 -- Application of the principles of sound business management in the operation of the systems, recognizing that tax payers are the shareholders.
 The proposal by Detroit City Councilman Keith A. Butler clearly incorporates many of these principles. I am encouraged that leaders in the region are making this issue a priority. This is a positive step toward achieving consensus for a regional transportation system.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick M. Nowak of the Michigan Department of Transportation, 517-373-2090/ CO: Michigan Department of Transportation; Suburban Mobility Authority
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