So transportation has been regionalized.
Just curious how things will shake out now.
The board actually forms for the RTA in March. Hopefully no obstructionists are nominated. Ann Arbor Looks like it could be a problem.
It starts actually funding DDOT and SMART next October.
Some lingering questions about pending projects though.
When does M-1 actually start construction? Do they have to go through another Environmental Impact Survey?
When does the superbus get underway? Does this also have to go through an Impact Study? If so when can that get started?
What about SEMCOG's supposed plan? Snyder bus stops in Birmingham. SEMCOG has been looking at alternatives that go all the way to Pontiac and included light rail. Where does that fit in?
M-1 has been stated to be the beginning of any further rail expansion. The leislation spells out that any "rail" projects need a unanimmus vote from the executives, not just a majority. How would any no votes be taken care of? Would it be a matter of convincing? Does a certain amount of time between votes need to happen?
When a project is put to a vote is it majority or by county? Like a Woodward Line would be Oakland and Wayne, Michigan or Grand River mostly Wayne, Gratiot Wayne and Macomb. Does it need to win support of both counties just between both counties?
The bills spell out pretty specifically that the new authority doesn't have to take care of any labor obligations of either system. Does that mean any new DDOT bus drivers still come out of the city general fund? Will there eventually be no more DDOT and SMART? Can communities still opt out of SMART?
I really do hope for the best.