Group Unveils Transportation Rescue Plan: Eight Month Review Recommends Major Overhaul
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association applauded today’s long-awaited announcement of a major rescue plan for the state’s transportation system. After public hearings at seven different cities across the state and more than eight months of study and review, the Michigan Transportation Funding Task Force (TF2) unveiled a series of major investment strategies aimed at repairing the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
As part of the report, the group offered a long list of efficiencies and reforms to ensure that every dollar spent is money spent wisely.
“For the past year, state policymakers have said they didn’t want to fix our roads and bridges until a comprehensive review and report was completed,” said Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations at the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. “Today, a detailed blueprint has been given to the Legislature which would fix our crumbling transportation system and now it’s time for our elected leaders to act.”
The TF2, which included two Democrat and two Republican legislators, concludes that the state must double transportation investment in order to stem the massive deterioration and maintain the current system in “good” condition. The report noted that current projections show 30 percent of Michigan roads are expected to decline into fair or poor condition during the next decade. They pointed out that Michigan stands to lose up to 17,000 jobs and $1 billion in federal funds each year, because transportation agencies will not have enough revenue to provide the required matching funds.
“This report was an enormous undertaking,” Nystrom said. “The completion of the task force work means the baton has been handed to state policymakers. We don’t have any more time to wait.”
The Michigan Transportation Funding Task Force is comprised of 13 members. Nine represent interests including manufacturing, labor, transportation, agriculture, aviation, commerce, public transit, tourism, and the general public. Four members of the Legislature also serve on the Task Force, two representing each legislative body and two representing each side of the political aisle. A full copy of the task force report can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/tf2.
MITA represents a broad spectrum of highway construction companies and suppliers that help build a better Michigan infrastructure from the bottom up. They have been a leading voice for securing adequate transportation funding at the federal and state levels.