Major RTA transit millage on the ballot Nov. 8

The presidential race isn't the only thing on your ballot next month.

Voters across metro Detroit will be asked to vote yes or no on a major transit millage. The plan is to connect Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties with a new rapid bus system.

With only a few weeks until Election Day, the Regional Transit Authority is making a pitch for the transportation millage on the Nov. 8th ballot.

On Wednesday, workforce development and job seekers spoke on how they feel this would benefit Metro Detroit connecting Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.

The project would include commuter bus routes across county lines, a universal fare card, new local services connecting communities, and improved services for people who are disabled and seniors.

However, when it comes to the cost and the bottom line for home owners, this would equal to roughly $8 a month in additional taxes over 20 years.

There has been opposition over the tax hike from County leaders. Some have been expressed concerns about getting their fair share of the revenue of the millage if approved by voters.

"Some of the challenges I've had are not getting back and forth to where I need to go on time on a daily basis," said Alicia Davis. "Not being able to get my kids to school or when they get to school, they're like 30 minutes."

According to the RTA, a staggering 92 percent of jobs in Southeast Michigan require more than a 60-minute commute.

They say that has resulted in jobs not filled because many people don't reliable transportation, and a massive transit system could solve that problem.

"I've had two interviews and one orientation," Davis said. "Due to not having transportation, I've missed out on the two interviews. And when I did my orientation it was further out."

There is a lot more debate likely to come before Nov. 8. The RTA is planning another roundtable discussion before Election Day, and there plan to speak with City Mayors throughout the region.

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