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The Rapid Board Votes Unanimously In Support Of Proposal 1

The Rapid Board of Directors, representatives of all six municipalities in The Rapid service area,  unanimously approved a resolution supporting Proposal 1 for safer roads in Michigan.

In addition to fixing Michigan’s roads, new revenues will also provide additional revenues for public transportation. Here’s the official resolution of support for Proposal 1 that The Rapid Board approved on Wednesday, April 1, 2015:

 

Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) Board
RESOLUTION NO. 16
Fiscal Year 2015

Moved and supported to adopt the following resolution:

Resolution of Support for Proposal 1 for Safer Roads

Whereas, Proposal 1 on the May 5, 2015 ballot is Michigan’s opportunity to finally fix our roads and invest in public transportation, which have been without a structural increase in road funding since 1997 and for public transit since 1987; and

Whereas, in addition to threatening public safety, Michigan’s crumbling roads hurt our economy and adversely impact The Rapid’s ability to provide safe, efficient, cost-effective public transportation services; and

Whereas, Michigan invests less per capita in transportation than any other state in the nation; and

Whereas, funding for local bus operating has remained stagnant and therefore is not keeping up with local demand for services, much less maintaining predictable year-to-year increases in the cost of doing business means without new funding, eventually, services will have to be cut; and

Whereas, the longer we wait to fix Michigan’s roads, the more it will cost all of us;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) supports Proposal 1 on the May 5th ballot to provide the funding needed to finally make a reasonable, sustainable investment in a sound transportation infrastructure to benefit the safety, mobility, and economy of Michigan and its citizens.

Learn more about Proposal 1 via this MLive video.

Find the official ballot wording of Proposal 1 is available via Michigan.gov.

 

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.