The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Long-Range Plan must move our state towards more transportation options for all Michiganders, including expanded public transit and complete streets that are safe for walking and biking.
Instead, the draft plan assumes we’ll be driving even more than we do now, in spite of four-dollar gas, our aging population, and a younger generation that’s seeking other ways to get around.
We urge MDOT to revise the plan so that it:
1) Moves us towards a future where we don’t need to drive as much to meet our needs;
2) Prioritizes expanded transportation options, including public transit, bicycling, and pedestrian infrastructure; and
3) Ensures that road money goes towards repairing our existing system, not building more highways we don’t need and can’t afford.
This plan should help us create healthier communities, not just faster ways to move through them. MDOT must help Michiganders renew our legacy of transportation leadership to meet the needs of our state today.