Survey asks residents to help shape the transportation future for Southeast Michigan
Do you believe it's important to invest in maintaining and improving Michigan's roads and bridges? Would you support increased revenue for transportation projects?
The two organizations are seeking citizen input through a new survey on maintaining and improving the transportation system — roads, bridges and transit — in Southeast Michigan.
SEMCOG and MAC say answers to the survey will help provide direction to state leaders as they tackle transportation legislation pending in the Legislature.
Respondents are asked to choose from a list of ways they'd like to see increased revenue generated, whether that's an increase in vehicle registration fees, an increase in the gas tax, a new fee based on vehicle miles traveled or an increase in the state's sales tax.
Respondents also are asked whether they think it's important to expand public transit in Southeast Michigan and whether a regional transit authority should be established.
"The region's and state's infrastructure needs are estimated to cost $2.8 billion per year over the next 20 years, with only $1.4 billion currently available from federal, state, and local sources (primarily gas taxes and vehicle registration fees)," the introduction to the survey reads. "There are many causes for this large gap, including the general economic downturn, fewer vehicle miles traveled, more fuel-efficient vehicles, and the fact that the gas tax has not been increased since 1997. In addition, we are the only large metropolitan area in the country without a coordinated transit system that serves the needs of the region."
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