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Date: Aug 2, 2022 2:00:00 p.m.
The Time to Vote

Next August 2, 2022, Detroit, Michigan, USA will once again have a choice.

In Macomb County and in participating communities in Oakland and Wayne counties in the State of Michigan, USA, the registered voters will decide on a tax proposal to pay for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation - SMART, metro Detroit's suburban bus system. The claim that this must be renewed is false. All money and public bus service is fully protected by federal laws.

Please correct and print in all the newspapers.

The mass transit tax increase proposals in Detroit have become so corrupted that competent opposition with proven solutions to defeat them is now essential. The residents believe a new regional authority will receive federal grants and improve public transit. These grants and the required fare box to revenue ratio are non-existent. Statistics reveal the new authority is not willing or able to provide safe and affordable bus service at any cost. The transit advocacy groups have sold out to the imperial capitalism of the wealthy and ignorant political leaders. Obtaining complete financing and eliminating the known obstacles that are preventing mass transit now means defeating the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) next August 2022. In addition, the Regional Transportation Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) must be prohibited from allowing the public a vote in November 2020.

The passage of the August 7, 2018 SMART renewal is proof of the necessity to change the language at the voting booth. The protection of all revenue sources is morally and legally obligatory. The Federal excise and state fuel taxes and passenger fares need to be in writing with their specific objectives and purpose. Detroit families could soon be replacing old buses for new ones with little money should local transit proposals pass in their present form. This is dangerous causing more accidents by forcing people to drive late at night due to high costs and service reductions.

The tax increase proposals for public bus service include spending $2 Billion for freeway expansions by means of tax shifting to eliminate the ten percent of the fuel tax, known as the Michigan Comprehensive Transit Fund. The costs are much higher than just the construction alone as they do not include the cost of new schools, roads and water systems that will be built as result of the suburban sprawl they are creating. These are documented and proven by many. The downtown expansions will add one lane in each direction for 6.7-miles and add continuous service roads to accommodate local traffic along both sides, eliminating left-lane entrance and exit ramps. North of the city is another one which will replace all vehicle and pedestrian bridges and add a 17-mile lane north and south to be used for carpooling during rush hour and regular traffic at other times. There are many statistics proving these will make existing bus service worse. This makes SMART an integral part of a lethal combination causing urban decay and the destruction of farmlands and wetlands. The public is told these expansions will stimulate the economy, improve the quality of life by reducing congestion and add safety improvements. The attitude is more concrete, more freeways are practical because public transportation here is not going to take the place of the automobile.

SMART and the RTA lack the legal ability and logistics to coordinate the movement of people at this moment. This has resulted in more dangerous highways in rural areas due demographics changes. Transit proposals today mean putting the car and trucking industry profits first and safety last. An educated public will vote NO to end passivity and the squandering of money on ill-conceived transportation projects that are based on prejudice and lies. --

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Harold Leese
Gatineau, Quebec

A worldwide campaign is necessary because the voters in Detroit
are unaware of the safety and economic dangers they are now facing