A recent Detroit Free Press editorial
makes a pointed case for legislation to be approved that would allow for the creation of a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan. I'm not going to get in to the politics, just the reality -- the federal government is beginning to put in place the policies and regulatory structure that will make this an imperative. Future funding for transportation and transit will be based on communities within a region that are collaborating. Even now, funds for streetcar systems and commuter rail is starting to go elsewhere because we've fiddled away precious time and opportunities. So if it means that the feds or state have to push, then so be it but either we get it together or we'll continue to lose hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars that will go to those cities and regions across the country that are already way ahead in the game.