How important is rail to the future of transportation in Michigan, the one-time automotive Super State?
There’s so much support that a bake sale is planned to raise money for Amtrak. A bake sale. Like they hold at church or school to send people to camp.
In a tongue-in-cheek dispatch titled “Cookies for Amtrak,” the Michigan Environmental Council, the state’s largest such organization, is promoting bake sales on Wednesday, July 1, to raise money for the train system. There will be goodies available in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Legislature have proposed state budget cuts that the Council says would derail Amtrak train routes and cripple bus services vital to connecting Michigan workers with employers.
This is a state, remember, that loves it cars. Trains are quaint, but cars are still king.
But the bakers say public transit is becoming more important these days, with people taking pay cuts and losing their jobs.
The bake sale just needs to raise $45 million to restore needed public transportation funds, largely to help Amtrak, the Council says.
Money from the bake sales will be turned over to the State Treasury.
But I have a feeling they might come up short.
“We understand that there aren’t enough cupcakes in Michigan to meet the funding needs of public transit. But we hope these sales will highlight the gravity of a funding gap that threatens to wipe out important services,” said Tim Fischer of Michigan Environmental Council.
(Image credit: jjsawrey, via Flickr.)
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