OKEMOS – A proposed new public transportation service will cause more problems than it solves, attendees at a community conversation told Capital Area Transportation Authority staff Tuesday.
“This is a boondoggle. This is not going to help,” George Tesseris said, while delivering a petition Tuesday evening to Meridian Township board members from what he said were more than three dozen business owners.
The proposed Bus Rapid Transit line, or BRT, would run from the Capitol to Marsh Road via Michigan Avenue and Grand River. The project’s cost has come down over time, with the current estimate at $133 million.
BRT supporters included Chris Buck, who described himself as a business owner and as a “fan” of the BRT. Noting the near-lack of anyone under 30 in the audience, Buck said backing the BRT was a “decision for the future.”