EDITORIAL: New projects will keep region in center of key trade crossroads

The News-Herald

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters was in the Downriver area Monday morning and spent most of his time before the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Legislative Forum talking about transit.

Specifically, Peters mentioned the New International Trade Crossing project, which soon will begin building a second bridge to Canada in southwest Detroit, and the need for an updated or new rail tunnel to our neighboring country. Though both projects won’t take place in our region, they mean a great deal to Downriver.

The jobs those projects will create are important, of course, but the region’s place in one of the busiest trade corridors in the world will remain intact long after construction ends. Peters (D-14th District), almost certainly will win his party’s nomination for a Senate run next year, and we take him at his word when he said he’ll be committed to making sure southeastern Michigan’s residents are trained for the jobs a booming trade hub will bring.

The Aerotropolis plan around Detroit Metropolitan Airport also will benefit from improved passages between the two nations. No one knows what the future holds for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, but we’re certain the plan to make land around the airport suitable for logistics and transportation companies will remain intact no matter who runs the county in the future. Easy access to and from Canada only will make the I-94 corridor between Detroit and the airport more attractive to would-be tenants.

The modernization of southeastern Michigan’s transit infrastructure — both international and domestic — will unfold over the next several decades. We feel confident Peters and other state and national leaders will keep the focus on making it one of the best in the world.