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Gov. Rick Snyder Submits Letter Supporting Troy Transit Center

"The project will be an asset to the City of Troy and the entire state," Gov. Rick Snyder wrote in a letter to Mayor Janice Daniels on Friday.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday afternoon submitted a letter of support for the to Troy Mayor Janice Daniels and members of Troy City Council.

In the letter, Snyder writes:

"As you are aware, the City of Troy was awarded a contract with the State of Michigan on September 12, 2011 for the final design and construction of a multi-modal facility. This facility will be a gateway to the intercity passenger rail system and will provide vital economic benefits in the short- and long-term. ... The project will be an asset to the City of Troy and the entire state. The exposure and economic benefit the city will receive through a nationwide connection to Chicago and points beyond will be extremely beneficial."

Snyder goes on to highlight the positive impact he believes the project will have on the economy. He ends by writing: "Not only is this project good for Michigan, it is important for the people and the economic future of Troy. I encourage you to take the next step in moving forward with this project."

“We’re very pleased with this development," said President Michele Hodges, who had advocated for the project, "and we think it’s an indication of the broad base of support that exists for this project.”

Troy Councilman Dane Slater said: "It’s a positive response, a positive letter in support, and I agree with the governor. I hope the governor’s letter has an impact on the vote.”

Slater has been a supporter of the project.

Troy Councilman Jim Campbell, also a supporter of the project, said: "I think it’s the icing on the cake that the governor is behind us. ... I think it’s the right thing to do for Troy."

Daniels, reached by phone about 4:10 p.m., said she had not read the letter yet, and would not comment.

Troy Residents Unified for a Strong Troy sent this comment via email after seeing the news on Troy Patch:  "On behalf of TRUST (Troy Residents Unified for a Strong Troy), we are extremely pleased with Governor Snyder's endorsement of the Transit Center."

To view the letter in its entirety, please see the attached pdf file.

For complete coverage of the Troy Transit Center, click here.

ExTroyGal December 16, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Come on, Mayor Daniels, do the right thing and vote in favor of the Troy Transit Center!
Bob Cornwall December 17, 2011 at 02:34 PM
I think this is perhaps the most important statement on behalf of the Transit Center. This is a Republican Governor who believes this is important for the economic betterment of the city, the region, and the state. This isn't a Liberal or Democratic idea, it's just a good bi-partisan idea!
Dale Murrish December 18, 2011 at 02:18 AM
I'm surprised that Governor Snyder supports an $8.5M project for a 2400 square foot building and a million dollar footbridge for 66 passengers a day. He doesn't live in our city and is probably doesn't know about the alternative that the council is aware of: upgrading the existing Birmingham station. Reasonable people can disagree on this and other issues. I'm disappointed that he seems to have bought into the logic that we should spend the money so that it won't go to another state. So far I've been impressed with his performance as governor; I especially like it that the road signs saying Welcome to Pure Michigan don't have his name on it. Maybe that's a tradition future governors and other office holders will follow.
Sue Martin December 18, 2011 at 04:31 AM
Dale, maybe he supports it for the sixty-six you say we have now...AND ALL FUTURE riders. You have to have forward thinking vision to see a bright future. I believe Gov. Snyder's vision is pretty darn good.
Lucille Musser Arking December 20, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Dale , I am surprised that you do not support it. . I must conclude that you never read the Wall Street Journal or follow any information site about the revitializing america's economic base by experts in the field . Then again I guess neither does the majority of city council since they just sentenced Troy to not being a part of it. .
Milan Chonich December 20, 2011 at 04:16 PM
It is nice to know that our Troy City Council and Mayor are concerned about our national financial crisis by turning down the land and funding to build a state of the art transportation center in Troy. So much for “The City of Tomorrow Today” Milan M. Chonich Troy Resident

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