Sunday, November 27, 2016

TRU survey concerning the recent failed ballot proposal for regional mass transit

Just filled out a survey conducted by TRU as a sort of post-election post-mortem.
On page 2 of 5:

What ideas or recommendations do you have for how to make a future regional transit ballot measure more likely to succeed?
My response:
Don't make it a charity appeal for the "deserving carless." ( see http://n8chz.blogspot.com/2007/09/time-for-mitten-to-bite-hand-its-time.html ) Detractors will say, fine, let the charitable sector provide shuttle vans or whatever. Make it about dragging southeast Michigan kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Make it clear that at least some forms of economic development won't come if we don't build it.
On page 4 of 5:
Please explain other recommendations you have about how TRU and the regional transit community should proceed, including why you feel your recommendations would be successful.
My response:
What there's a screaming need for is a denser transit grid. Every section line road ("mile road" in local parlance) should be a bus route. Maybe down to every other mile in the -far- outer suburbs. This is far more important than introducing new forms of transportation.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wayne Co. employees to get free public transit passes

detroitnews : "Wayne County plans to provide its employees who use public transportation to commute to work with free transit passes.

The move is designed to encourage ridership of public transportation, said County Executive Warren Evans."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saginaw bus system offers all riders fare-free service on Election Day

MLive.com: "SAGINAW, MI — Saginaw's public transit system is offering local riders free rides this Election Day.

But the free rides are not just for voters headed to and from the polls. Anyone riding buses on Tuesday, Nov. 8, or using on-demand transit services after the buses stop running will not be asked to pay the normal fares."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Four Metro Detroit hospital systems push for public transit millage

MLive.com: "Detroit-area health professionals gathered at Eastern Market on Monday to advocate in favor of a regional transit millage to go before voters in November.

Four major southeast Michigan hospital systems announced support for the costly plan, hoping improved transit can cut down on missed appointments. 

In 2015, 3,000 patients canceled appointments and cited a lack of transportation as the primary reason, according to Bob Riney, executive vice president and COO of Henry Ford Health System."

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pipelines will stop when demand for oil stops. Not before.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI: "“We didn’t want it to be a political issue, but you’ve got to get people’s attention at the same time,” added Easterday.

“It’s important for people to realize there’s no recovery from this pipeline.”

Some of the scheduled speakers include United States First Congressional candidate Lon Johnson, Michigan Senator Rick Jones, Sault Ste. Marie City Commissioner Jay Gage and Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chair Aaron Payment. There’s also other local speakers that will be sprinkled in throughout the performances."

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Michigan - Vote ‘yes’ on public transit

Press and Guide: "The ballot proposal will bring bus rapid transit, a rail line between Ann Arbor and Detroit, an airport shuttle service, a regional fare card system and other transit service upgrades to a non-existent system today.

The tab is as big as the need: $4.6 billion of your, mine and our tax dollars. It adds up to a 20-year, 1.2-mill property tax increase, if voters approve it – as we should!

Clearly, this is an investment worth making. The tax would cost the average homeowner about $95 per year. These plans cover a lot of ground for about $100."

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Leaders reach agreement to get Metro Detroit transit plan on...

clickondetroit : "DETROIT - Leaders in southeastern Michigan reached an agreement Tuesday which will place the Regional Transit Authority's public transportation plan on the November ballot. "