Monday, August 18, 2014

Everyone benefits from #publictransit, not just the riders

CadillacNews.com: "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

MLive.com: "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 lansingstatejournal.com: "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."

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Benzie County, Michigan. "People would rather take public transit if it's readily available."

Future of Benzie Transportation Authority discussed at public forum : News : UpNorthLive.com: "More than 50 community members gathered in Beulah for the forum.

They held brainstorming sessions to help identify future public transportation needs in the region.

This is the first step toward assembling a county-wide strategic transportation plan."

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti #publictransit funding wins 70% of vote

Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti area voters approve transit millage - Ypsilanti Courier - Heritage Newspapers: "The five-year, 0.7 mill increase will generate an estimated $4,368,847 in 2014 which the AAATA plans to use to fund an intense increase in bus service throughout Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. Homeowners with a home value of $100,000 can expect to pay an additional $35 each year."

Friday, May 2, 2014

What about public transit? Advocates say Michigan road funding push leaves riders on curb

MLive.com: "LANSING, MI -- Public transit advocates are urging Michigan lawmakers to look beyond roads and bridges as they debate long-term plans to increase annual infrastructure funding."