Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Oakland County and the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority

What's the next step for Oakland County now that the Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority has been created? On 12/20/12, Governor Snyder signed legislation to create the Authority which includes Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit.

From the Office of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder...
For the past 40 years, legislators in Lansing have tried and failed to create a regional transit authority for the Metro Detroit area -- an achievement seen as a necessary linchpin for Southeast Michigan's continued economic development. Yesterday in Detroit, that goal was finally realized as Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill to create the much-needed authority...

Last week, we happened to find an Ann Arbor.com story stating that "Richard Murphy and Elisabeth Gerber will serve as Washtenaw County's first representatives on a new 10-member Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority governing board."

We were curious to see if Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson had made his appointments yet. So, we sent an inquiry via Twitter to @BrooksPatterson. You can see the response below from our County Executive. (That's what we call good citizen service!) In summary, Brooks said, "I'm in the midst of reviewing a range of candidates, and may have a decision in the coming weeks."

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