With only a few weeks to go until the election, the Regional Transit Authority is trying their hardest to persuade people to vote for another tax and spend project that is highly unpopular and not necessary. Today they tweeted this following article out to their supporters.
— RTA of Southeast MI (@RTAmichigan) October 17, 2016
Their argument is that because Michiganders who work in Detroit have longer commutes, they will be supportive of a new transit program to and from the city and surrounding counties. But there are a few things wrong with their assertion, so let’s break it down.
- Believe it or not, some of us like our commutes to and from work. The Atlantic has reported that “there is a mystery of our time,” where in many instances more people like commuting than do not. Commuting is often the only time that we get to spend alone without the worries of life. Let’s face it, we all love singing along to the radio, arguing with it, etc. but regardless, we love those minutes of privacy.
- If 23% of workers already travel 50 minutes in their car, why would they take a bus instead? The bus will inevitably be slower and filled with stops that you may be okay with, but other times the stops may become a nuisance if you need to be on time for a meeting.
- Safety will still be an issue. Detroit is coming back, but it isn’t to an acceptable level of security and comfort. Until that occurs, people will still choose to drive themselves to and from the city, instead of using the RTA. It may be harsh, but for the time being it’s the truth. We all hope and believe that Detroit can become the city of the future which means security, jobs, and cleanliness but we must not fall into ignorance.
The RTA and bureaucrats who are supporting this project have proven they are out of touch with ordinary Michiganders. The 3 reasons you just read are good reasons for opposing the project, but there are better ones. The project will cost money, a lot, and you have no say over the project. If the proposal passes, and you voted against it, well tough luck, you will still pay tax dollars for the infinite future. We cannot afford another failed public project in Michigan.
Let us know what you think, are you worried about the regional transit authority?