Saturday, February 3, 2018

Want jobs? Get #transit.

Detroit must expand public transportation, Dan Gilbert tells Washington audience: "“A lot of people were blaming it on talent and transportation. I definitely believe the transportation thing,” said Gilbert, who worked on Detroit’s Amazon bid. “But talent, there’s all sorts of talent. We’re Detroit ... people come... This generation in particular, when I talk to them, they want to impact the outcome of the world. We’re a big sort of magnet.”"

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Macomb, Oakland, Washtenow, Wayne counties: Contact your county executive. Hopefully there will be another opportunity to put mass transit funding on the ballot.

Action Network is facilitating contacting L. Brooks Patterson and Mark Hackel, the executives of Oakland and Macomb counties, respectively, concerning their non-support of the ballot proposal back in 2016 for funding the RTA. A handy email form is supplied here. Here's the message I sent to Mark Hackel:
I'm quite disappointed that you lobbied against the RTA ballot proposal in the 2016 election.  You have done our county inestimable harm by doing so.  This is one of the most car-dependent counties in America and it may surprise you that that is a bug rather than a feature, unless your goals actually include social filtering.  If you think that means higher property values, you are a fool.  If you took the side you did as a way to pandering to the up-county McMansions 'n' SUVs set, you're really a fool, because the northern Macomb County vote will go Republican no matter what you do.  Your career is best served by following your conscience (which I hope is the conscience of the Democrat you run as), not pandering to the media stereotypes concerning Macomb County public opinion.  Please do better if similar measures appear in the future.  It is an investment we can't afford not to make.  It is not in our best interest to be the county standing in the way of progress on mass transit.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Michigan - Join your local #publictransit advocates

Motor City Freedom Riders: "We’re demonstrating because we’re tired of waiting for real regional transit. For too long, the political and corporate leadership of metro Detroit has been kicking the can down the road, and that has to change. We’re calling on Mayor Duggan and other regional leaders, including Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Washtenaw County leaders, to support putting a revised regional transit ballot measure before the public in November 2018, so we can start building the truly regional transit system we need."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BWAT Commuters Pass One Million Mark Using Regional Bus Routes & Extended Hours

masstransitmag : "“Once they get used to it, commuters tell us they enjoy starting their morning by reading the news, thumbing through Facebook and planning their day,” said Jim Wilson, BWAT general manager. “Riding the bus to work can also offer a significant cost savings.”
A person who takes public transit instead of making a daily commute by car will experience an annual savings of $9,712, according to the American Public Transportation Association. These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle (based on the December 21, 2016, national average gas price of $2.25 per gallon and the national monthly parking rate of $166.26)."

Car culture means people in Benton Harbor can't get to work

The Herald Palladium: "“Unfortunately, there are way too many low income people in Berrien County who don’t have reliable cars or available transportation,” he said. “Many times, well paying jobs are located far away from their neighborhoods and homes. Without a means to access that reliable transportation, they’re having a very difficult time escaping the circumstances that they have.”"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gaylord, MI, Car owners want more buses "Most survey respondents expressed an interest in other forms of transportation outside of only driving a personal vehicle.

Even though 96 percent of those who responded said they have a vehicle that works, 68 percent also said public transportation is an important topic in Otsego County."