What you already pay for mass transit in SE MI:
$100 per $100,000 of taxable value on your home & business in Macomb & Oakland Counties, up to $276 per $100,000 in Washtenaw County.
5.5¢ of every gallon you buy at the pump & ten percent of your car’s annual registration and plate fees are spent on mass transit.
Mass transit taxes you already pay could lease every regular user of mass transit in metro-Detroit a brand new Chevrolet Trax SUV every two years – and still have $150 million left over.
How much more you WILL pay for mass transit under the ballot proposal:
$120 more per $100,000 of taxable value on your home and business which equals $2,500 per $100,000 over the 20 year duration of the tax.
The new mass transit authority is authorized to initiate an additional 25% increase in your existing annual vehicle registration fee you pay.
The $4.6 billion proposal spends enough to provide every regular user of mass transit in metro-Detroit with a brand new leased Cadillac every three years- and have hundreds of millions left over.
More Traffic Congestion
Major roads will have lanes closed to create ‘bus only’ lanes – congesting traffic.
Cities with bus only lanes also implement priority traffic signal policies that turn stop lights green for approaching buses and red for cross traffic – further delaying motorists.
Blocks Mass Transit Innovation
The proposal spends billions on old transit tech like buses and rail while other cities are contracting out transit services to Uber, Lyft, Chariot and others that provide door-to-door service at substantial savings.
Advances in self driving vehicles may provide breakthroughs in personalized, cost-effective transit service that cannot be realized if our region is financially locked for decades into a dinosaur mass transit system.