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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Day 2 of Council Behaving Nicely

November 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm
Troy's new mayor calls transit center's start 'a great day'

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/METRO02/211270378#ixzz2DTyQRMRDTroy — Local, state and federal officials broke ground Tuesday on a controversial, federally funded transit center, a project some believe helped lead to the recall this month of former Mayor Janice Daniels.

"This is a great day for Troy," newly appointed Mayor Dane Slater told about 100 people assembled for the groundbreaking. "It's time to stop pitting against each other and to move forward. We don't need the negativity that has been received by the city."

The $6.3 million transit center, which could open within a year, will be built on a 2.4-acre site south of Maple and west of Coolidge.

The 28,000-square-foot facility will replace an old Amtrak station and include a waiting area, public restrooms, extra parking and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks to the Amtrak platform.

The transit center could be operational by October 2013, according to Slater. It will handle rail, bus, taxi and future light-rail service in the city, planners said.

Supporters of the project believe it is essential to making rail travel more passenger friendly in the area and encourage more rail travel.

Among those celebrating the groundbreaking was U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who said it is an important step in a regional transit plan to increase ridership between Pontiac and Chicago, and beyond.

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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/METRO02/211270378#ixzz2DTy6ZNQZ

4 comments:

  1. "Among those celebrating the groundbreaking was U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, who said it is an important step in a regional transit plan to increase ridership between Pontiac and Chicago, and beyond."

    Could you help me comprehend this statement? It's my understanding that Pontiac opened a new Intermodal Station last year. How then does a Troy Transit Center increase ridership between Pontiac and Chicago. Am I missing something or is this just more of Gary Peter's double talk?

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    1. It's part of a statewide plan. If Governor Snyder had been there he would have said the same words. It's either double talk or visionary depending on your perspective. This is one topic that seems to have high level Republicans, Dems, and business leaders all singing from the same hymn book. Gov. Snyder didn't weigh in on Troy's decision last year for funsies; it's all inter connected. Big picture thinking. Which is why we haven't had any type of transit vision in this region or state before; we simply have a hard time getting all the communities that need to be involved to do so.

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    2. Perhaps my question was not clear. Blogs/Facebook are not my friends. I wasn't knocking the Troy Transit Center and far be it for me to criticize one of my heroes, Governor Snyder. I support Governor Snyder and his policies 100%. And with all due respect, I suspect Governor Snyder would NOT have said the same words.

      Let me try again. If I'm taking the train from Troy to Chicago, how does that increase the ridership between Pontiac and Chicago? Pontiac would not be involved in that scenario. Now if he had said: "it is an important step in a regional transit plan to increase ridership between Troy and Chicago, and beyond.". then I would understand that.

      I asked what I thought was a simple question. Apparently my question somehow implied that I was knocking the Troy Transit Center, am not a visionary and can't see the big picture.

      Thank you for your response. I still don't comprehend his statement, but I don't care anymore, it's really not that important to me.

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  2. I doubt that Mr. Peters has much insight into the whole mass/rapid transit plan; however, it was a great photo op and I'm sure his support is helpful.
    It is should be noted that the Michigan State Senate, in a move led by State Senator Richardville (Republican and noted conservative), approved a bill that will allow for the creation of a regional transportation authority. Media reports indicate this is a vital step in creating a mass/rapid transit system in our area and that metro-Detroit is the only U.S. major metropolitan area without a coordinated rapid/mass transit system. It would seem the Transit Center will be a vital piece of this plan. Could it be that some of the "fiscal conservatives" and opponents of the Transit Center are out of step with conservative/Republican leadership?
    For those of us who are conservative, Republican, Christians, consider the following:
    Titus 3:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
    Saved in Order to Do Good
    1. Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2. to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

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