Saturday, January 24, 2015

Michigan losing the war to attract talent "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. "

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Coming soon, the car-loan crash

Monday, August 18, 2014

Everyone benefits from #publictransit, not just the riders "The study found that public transit in Michigan delivered $804 million in social benefits statewide.

The value of these benefits far exceeded the cost to operate and maintain the transit system. Each dollar spent on transit services provided $1.46 in economic value to the community.

Hiring and spending by public transit agencies contributed $1 billion in economic activity in 2008, according to the study. The study also found that every 10 jobs created in the public transit sector help create six additional jobs in the rest of the economy."

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The high cost of failing to fund public transit

The Detroit News: "We have failed to understand that efficient, reliable public transportation is a factor in people’s calculations of choosing where to live, even when they don’t regularly use it.

In the meantime, other places that have consistently invested in better public transportation infrastructure continue to be more attractive places to live.

Playing catch-up is better than not being in the game. But it’s time we pull up our socks and get to work."

Friday, July 18, 2014

#Freetransit for Grand Rapids ArtPrize event "ArtPrize plans to work with community-based organizations to supply free public transportation, to promote fully accessible walking paths, and to create multilingual marketing information to assist non-English-speaking visitors."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Transit funding is where justice and economics meet

Rev. Joan Ross "There is yet another reason to increase investments in public transportation: The rights of those who are dependent on public transportation. Our seniors and young people, folks with low incomes and people with disabilities have just as much right to get around as people with private vehicles. A truly civil society respects everyone’s right to mobility, to get to school, medical appointments and work regardless of the person’s ability to drive or have access to a car.

There is a huge economic incentive for us to do the right thing. When we recognize the rights of the transit dependent and invest more in practical public transportation, hardworking folks will have reliable means to get to work. If we want to work towards increasing access to jobs and lowering the unemployment rate, we need to recognize everyone has a right to mobility. In short, public transportation is a key nexus between social justice and economic viability — and we need both."