Introduced by Rep. Jim Townsend (D) on January 26, 2012, to create a new Detroit area regional transportation authority (previously called DARTA) covering Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, and potentially others. Among other powers the authority could levy property taxes (special assessments) and higher local vehicle registration taxes with the approval of a majority of the aggregate of all votes cast in an election (meaning a particular community could not “opt out” of the tax increase). The authority would be specifically authorized to create “rolling rapid transit” corridors along some streets and highways, potentially with dedicated lanes other motorists could not use. This is part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s road and transit tax proposal.
Referred to the House Transportation Committee on January 26, 2012.