Because it is so central to all of MOSES core objectives, Transportation Equity stands as a Pillar of its own. Much of MOSES’ work is centered on transportation reform, with the goal of realizing a strong regional network of mass transit options. With improved transportation, residents will have access to healthcare services, healthy food, employment, education, public forums, polling places, and other resources that many currently lack.
MOSES has been a key advocate for maintaining and expanding bus routes, ensuring equitable community participation in plans for high-speed transit options, and fixing the metro area’s existing roads. Our Transportation Equity effort has brought together one of the most diverse regional coalitions MOSES has seen to date.
- Engaging bus riders. MOSES works with bus riders to address issues to increase accessiblity of resources in the area.
- Regional Transit Authority: In late 2012, MOSES had a major “win” as it played a pivotal role in passing legislation to establish a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for Southeast Michigan. The function of an RTA is to coordinate public transportation between counties in a major metropolitan area, and most major U.S. cities have one (i.e. Chicago Transit Authority, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NYC), etc.) Now that Southeast Michigan has an RTA, it will be eligible for significant federal funding towards infrastructure improvement. MOSES is working with the newly formed agency to ensure robust communication and transparency between its members and the community, and to advocate for transit policies and priorities that are in line with community needs.
- Funding for regional transit: Projects such as the M1 Rail are now a reality metro Detroit. Bus rapid transit is on the horizon. Without a complete network of feeder lines, individuals in low-income communities will not be able to access rapid transit options. MOSES works with communities, congregations and transit advocates to ensure that public transit is a budget priority for Southeast Michigan’s legislators. In its ongoing struggle to prevent cuts to transit funding, MOSES has won and/or protected millions of dollars in funding for the SMART and DDOT bus systems.