Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Transit leaders look to simplify public transportation

UpNorthLive.com: "TRAVERSE CITY -- For those who use public transportation it may be easier to get around northwestern Lower Michigan in the future.

At a Buses Without Borders meeting Monday, leaders focused on what it would take to build a regional transit network."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Washtenaw County sheriff says public transit expansion will boost public safety

MLive.com: "Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton has declared his support for an expansion of public transit in the county's urban core, saying it will boost public safety."

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wealthy creditors micromanage #publictransit in Detroit

Workers Inquiry: "In response Dirks indicated that the level of service would be dictated by the city’s wealthy creditors. “Right now the Emergency Manager is negotiating with creditors about what level of service all departments should be operating under. Transportation is one of those. Creditors are suggesting that you should only have service weekdays from 8am to 4pm, and nothing else. We are advocating for more. The Emergency Manager is advocating for more. I think that eventually what’s going to happen is that the bankruptcy judge is going to decide what levels of service there are — what folks are going to make, how many people you need, and what the fares are.” 

There is no plan to replace the roughly $30 million in annual funding cuts that have crippled daily operations of the city bus system over the past four years. Half of the buses disappeared when routes were officially slashed in 2009 and again in 2012. Over this time the number of city bus drivers was also cut in half."