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SEMCOG TO ADDRESS INTERMODAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY ACT AT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING JAN. 24

 SEMCOG TO ADDRESS INTERMODAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY ACT
 AT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING JAN. 24
 The implications of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 will be a key item of discussion at the next Executive Committee meeting of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. The meeting will be held on:
 Friday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.
 SEMCOG Offices
 660 Plaza Drive
 Suite 1900
 Detroit
 This act significantly increases the role of elected officials working through SEMCOG in the selection of transportation projects -- both highways and transit -- that will receive federal transportation funding in the future. The act also more closely links transportation and land use decisions and provides for implementation of the Clean Air Act as it relates to transportation. Representatives from the Federal Highway Administration and the Michigan Department of Transportation will make a presentation on the act and its impact on Southeast Michigan.
 As the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Southeast Michigan, SEMCOG, through Executive Committee action, will consider certification of transit plans related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Transit operators must develop plans for providing complementary small bus service to fixed route bus service. These plans must be in compliance with SEMCOG's Public Transportation Element of the Year 2005 Regional Transportation Plan. Affected transit providers in the region include: the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, the Detroit Department of Transportation, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, the Blue Water Area Transportation Commission and the Lake Erie Transportation Commission.
 Jack Bails, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), will make a presentation to the Executive Committee. Bails will discuss the proposed reorganization of the MDNR and how the reorganization relates to Southeast Michigan.
 Executive Committee members will also consider a resolution from the Community and Economic Development Advisory Council urging support, in concept, of legislation to create neighborhood enterprise zones. House Bill 5405 would allow selected cities to create zones within their boundaries with much lower property tax rates and other incentives to encourage home renovation and construction and job creation.
 The Clean Air Act of 1990 requires that a series of important air quality policy decisions be made -- decisions that will affect the economy and quality of life in Southeast Michigan. In addition, SEMCOG must also consider implementation of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act. As a result, the Executive Committee will be asked to authorize the SEMCOG chairperson to form an Air Quality Task Force. Task force membership will include representation from environmental organizations, local and state government, industry and universities.
 SEMCOG is a voluntary association of counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts and community colleges in the seven-county Southeast Michigan region. The council's principal functions are short- and long-term planning for housing, transportation, land use, public safety, education, recreation and open space, economic development and the environment.
 CONTACT: Donn Shelton of SEMCOG, 313-961-4266.
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