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What Leaders Are Saying About Public Transportation

February 17, 2003 | By Johanna Miller
Great Lakes Bulletin News Service

Governor Jennifer Granholm
“Improving transportation options is not the concern of one city or county, but of entire regions and the state.  Finding solutions that will help our citizens get to their jobs, link our communities together, and increase prosperity is a common goal we all share and must work toward in the weeks and months to come.”

State Representative Jerry Kooiman 
“Effective transit is vital for the health of our communities, both urban and rural.”

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
“Public transit plays a critical role in Michigan’s economy, not only by creating thousands of jobs, but by providing critical services to working families who cannot afford to own a car, college students, people with disabilities, and retirees. Ensuring safe and efficient public transportation is one of the most critical issues that Michigan faces.”

Richard E. Blouse, Jr.
Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO
“Our lack of an effective and efficient public transit system greatly affects our success in terms of economic development, thereby hindering investment and job growth. To be a world-class region we need to integrate public transit with other policy issues including land use, Smart Growth and quality-of-life enhancements."

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