|Vote so the Michigan flag can fly over transformed transport|
In the midst of this confusion, it can be hard to see a role for the public, much less a direct link between how we vote and how we get around. The experts will take care of transportation, right?
Not quite. No matter how complex, the transportation question is ultimately a political one. It's about who gets transported, who doesn't, and how that movement (or lack thereof) shapes our society. Do we clean up the air, or keep cooking the planet? Do we let everyone get to job centers, or shut out the have-nots? Do we grow our cities, or drain them dry?
Like other public investments, transportation doesn't get decided by specialists alone. The people we elect ultimately govern how we move. That makes transport one more reason to vote this Tuesday - and, of course, to think about who we vote for.