Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Public transit advocates share ideas in Grand Rapids

MLive.com: "• Heartwell on the role of public transit: "Transit is about connecting people to jobs. A city lives or dies based on its ability to get people to work."

• Varga on holistic, multi-modal transportation planning: "The city and the society that only picks the car is going to choke to death."

• Heartwell on the city parking system's evolution to Mobile GR: "I have the authority to appoint people to the city's Parking Commission. So who did I put on the Parking Commission? This guy (pointing to Varga) and three other transit-oriented (people). We use those appointments to help break down some of those barriers."

• Heartwell on government's role in fostering public transit: "Risk taking must distinguish our work. What was preposterous last week could be the norm next week."

• Heartwell on obesity in Michigan: "We could all stand to pedal or walk to work, or even just walk to the bus stop.""

Sunday, April 12, 2015

#freetransit employee pass a big hit in Ann Arbor

MLive.com: "In all, go!pass ridership totaled 678,103 during the last season, which ended in October.

That's up 7 percent from the year before, and up 30 percent from four years earlier, suggesting go!passes are becoming increasingly popular."

Monday, February 16, 2015

So who would benefit from a public transportation system? I would say everyone.

theoaklandpress : "So who would benefit from a public transportation system? I would say everyone. At minimum, people commuting to jobs from their home to another community, people who do not have the means to own and maintain a car, people wanting to ride the Trailways can hop on to the bus without driving their cars to the Trailways, catching a flight at Metro Detroit airport while going on a business trip or vacation or going to an Amtrak station without worrying about parking or trying to get a ride, and going to downtown Detroit to enjoy a game or a show or spend time at the DIA or DSO without worrying about parking, and connecting people to jobs in different communities thus addressing the shortage of work force.

It would ease the traffic on our clogged up highways and make commute much more relaxing. It would give the option in bad weather or traffic times. Whether it is getting to a job or enjoying a day out with family, the opportunities and benefits are limitless. The whole public transportation system creates many permanent jobs.

We need a regional public transportation plan and every community should be integrated, thus contributing to economic growth of the region. It creates and provides opportunities for many. With changing demographics the millennials and the future generations are living in places where they can walk, bike or take a bus to work and be in places where they can go easily without the need to drive a car. We need to develop a long range plan that visions out the development of an integrated public transportation system that connects people and communities and start investing in it."


Monday, February 2, 2015

56-Year-Old Man Who Walks 21 Miles To And From Work

MadameNoire: "Meet James Robertson, 56, who walks 21 miles every day, five days a week, to and from Schain Mold & Engineering where he works. Robertson, who shared his story with Reporter Bill Laitner in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press has now pushed citizens around the United States to pay it forward and raise money for him to purchase a car, pay its insurance and provide professional financial management."


Berrien Co. looking into countywide public transportation

wndu : "Berrien County, Mich.-- Berrien County is considering the idea of countywide public transportation."


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Michigan losing the war to attract talent

MLive.com: "Braun’s comments reflect the antique thinking and lack of vision that explain why other states are eating Michigan’s lunch when it comes to attracting young innovators and entrepreneurs. Two thirds of young workers put good transit in their top three criteria when choosing where to live. To reverse the brain drain, we need 21st-century transportation.

...People in places with good transit support it because they see how their investment builds economic strength and a desirable quality of life for everyone, not just transit riders.

Every dollar invested in public transportation generates $4 in economic returns, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Michigan’s return on investment will only increase as the quality and convenience of our transit options expands."


Sunday, November 23, 2014

The rise of @autosprawl was not a market event, but a coup.

Crain's Detroit Business: "Through the early 1950s, Detroit upgraded and expanded its bus system, rail system and highways in an effort to maintain and feed its tremendous economic growth in the postwar environment.

It all came to a stop in 1956. The Metro Detroit Streetcar Service ceased after 93 years — yet this was not a spontaneous event. In 1933, the voters of Detroit approved a subway plan, but the "state advisory board" refused to recommend construction to the federal government. "