Michigan’s RTA Transit Millage

After the RTA Millage for the new four-region transit plan in Michigan was voted against, the tables have turned on what was expected. There is more from the project officials on their reactions on the proposal vote outcome.

After that important day, November 8, 2016, the Regional Transit authority in Michigan has created a multitude of reactions across the landscape of Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw county.

Michigan’s RTA proposed the transit millage in Southeast Michigan but were unsuccessful in attaining the majority of the votes across several counties. This has led to new ideas and possibly proposals for change in our RTA.

The new idea of another proposal that could be launched sounds like the news of this Transit millage will not be laid to rest any time soon.

Before this proposal was voted on, it seemed as if everyone that lived in Detroit would rush to the booth on Election Day to make sure that this millage was passed. That was not the case.

The amount of Detroiters that could have voted to swing the final ballot is not an astonishing amount but could have been attained easily. The lack of voting in Detroit is the reason this millage did not get past but before Election Day, I did not think that was a possibility.

In the image below, I have created a graph that will show the vote distribution throughout the counties involved in this Transit millage.


Pictured above: The results from the 2016 Michigan RTA Transit Millage, the red represents those in favor of millage and the blue represents those who opposed the millage.

I thought this chart was relevant to the Transit millage because it gives you an opportunity to see how the votes added up in this past election from the counties included.

One of the biggest issues in the discussion of the Transit millage is the tax that would be added to the residents who reside in the involved counties. The issue has a grasp of the attention of the counties that are not named Wayne, such as Oakland and Macomb.

The Transit tax did impact voters in the involved counties because we know now that the millage was not passed. The “Regional woes” will continue as new solutions for the transit millage begin.

As mentioned above, new solutions for the RTA transit millage have begun. The connection between the Washtenaw and Wayne county have sprung and they would like to build a rapid transit, linking the two counties together.

The idea of a transit between Washtenaw and Wayne county could help recover residents of Southeast Michigan after the original transit millage was not passed and would not be voted on for another two years. This solution of another type of transit gives hope that in the future, all the counties will link up and create a mass transit.

The close end results of the millage proposal gives a bittersweet feeling to residents in Southeastern Michigan that voted in favor of the millage. The votes that they need in the next election of this millage won’t be substantial and residents in favor of the transit millage should be able to gain new support in two years.

The RTA transit millage may have not passed like many had hoped for but this is not the end of this particular transit millage. The transit millage that was proposed this year will resurface in two years and will be voted on again. The millage proposal came up 18,056 votes shy of being passed and I believe that this number will change in the coming years with a better understanding of why Southeast Michigan needs this.

Interested in reading more, click on the links below.


Pictured above: The starred locations are each of the four involved counties’ government office which controls the voting for this transit millage. Also starred is the headquarters for Michigan’s RTA on Woodward Ave.



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