CONTACT: Wendy Barrott, DARTA
Board Administrator, +1-313-596-0440, wbarrott@detroitchamber.
Establishing an 11-member DARTA
Board, which meets monthly.
Mayor Pitoniak, who represents Wayne County on the DARTA Board, has served as a state representative and is currently serving his second term as mayor of Taylor.
The DARTA Intergovernmental Agreement calls for 11 appointments to the board: two each from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties; two from the city of Detroit; one from the Detroit Mayor's Office and Detroit City Council; and one each from Monroe County, SMART and the Regional Transit Coordinating Council (RTCC).
The federal funds would be used by DARTA to complete the region's Comprehensive Services Plan and to further implement efficiency improvements between our city and suburban systems (DDOT and SMART).
With Congress' help, these dollars will help accelerate Southeast Michigan's transit operations into an economic growth tool for the 21st century," said DARTA Co-Chair Derrick Miller.
This is a great day for DARTA," said Gerald Poisson, DARTA Co-Chair and Assistant Deputy County Executive for Oakland County.
CCE, Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO and member of the DARTA board.
Through the leadership of Governor Granholm and the Big Four, we've been able to craft an agreement that closely mirrors the state legislation that would have created DARTA
, but through other state authorized channels.
The Detroit City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the DARTA
proposal, to be held on Wednesday, March 05, from 10:45 a.
John Engler's veto of the DARTA
authorization bill in December.
Engler's latest contention that the 1978 Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment, approved by the majority of voters statewide 24 years ago, does not apply to his tricky and deceptive plan to create DARTA
while denying us our constitutional right to vote on this property tax hike," McMaster said.