public transportation http://michiganradio.org en As state looks to boost road spending, transit advocates want a fair share http://michiganradio.org/post/state-looks-boost-road-spending-transit-advocates-want-fair-share <p>As state lawmakers look to boost investment in Michigan's roads, transit advocates are calling on Lansing not to forget the state’s public transportation systems.</p><p>House Speaker Jase Bolger has proposed legislation that would reconfigure gas taxes and add other measures to raise about $450 million a year for road repairs. <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140520/POLITICS02/305200102/House-Senate-leaders-move-boost-state-road-repair-funding-1-2B-year">On Tuesday</a>, Senate Majority leader Randy Richardville said he wants to triple that amount to about $1.5 billion.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17685 at http://michiganradio.org As state looks to boost road spending, transit advocates want a fair share Weather stalls Amtrak train for 8.5 hours in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/weather-stalls-amtrak-train-85-hours-michigan <div><p>NILES,&nbsp;Mich. (AP) - An Amtrak train carrying more than 200 people has arrived in Chicago after weather-related problems caused it to stop for more than eight hours in southwestern Michigan.</p><p>Amtrak spokesman Marc&nbsp;Magliari&nbsp;says the train's engine lost power Sunday due to cold weather. But he says heat, lights and restrooms still worked.</p><p>The train started in Pontiac, north of Detroit, and had trouble between Niles and New Buffalo in the corner of southwestern Michigan. It was later connected to another westbound train and arrived in Chicago around 1:30 a.m. CST Monday.</p><p>Magliari&nbsp;says passengers may have been frustrated but they were always safe on the stalled train. He says it was better to keep them on the train rather than switch to buses, even if buses were available.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:56:55 +0000 The Associated Press 15891 at http://michiganradio.org Weather stalls Amtrak train for 8.5 hours in Michigan Detroit cancels bus runs Monday, cites `sick out' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-cancels-bus-runs-monday-cites-sick-out <p>Operators of Detroit's public buses say riders may have to find another way to get around Monday because of what officials say is a threatened "sick-out" protest by unionized drivers.</p><p></p> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:15:30 +0000 Associated Press 14916 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit cancels bus runs Monday, cites `sick out' Public transportation for kids is improving with the Youth Transit Alliance http://michiganradio.org/post/public-transportation-kids-improving-youth-transit-alliance <p>In the quest to improve life in Michigan's cities, one of the biggest challenges comes down to transportation.</p><p>And one of the most problem-plagued, dysfunctional bus systems in the entire state is in the city of Detroit, where using a bus to get from Point A to Point B can become a herculean task.</p><p>And for kids, it's an even greater challenge getting them to and from summer enrichment and after-school programs and doing it safely.</p><p>But there's a solution to that challenge which launched this summer and which may have lessons that can apply to cities all over Michigan.</p><p>It's called the Youth Transit Alliance. It's a pilot program funded by the Skillman Foundation, a public-private partnership between the Detroit Bus Company and area youth groups.</p><p>Andy Didorosi, the president and founder of the Detroit Bus Company and Nina Ignaczak, the project editor for Model D's transportation series, joined us today to tell us how it works.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:17:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 14386 at http://michiganradio.org Public transportation for kids is improving with the Youth Transit Alliance Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-september-11th-2013 <p>It's called many things -- the</p><p>ACA, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare. As implementation of the law continues, so does the confusion. On today's show, we sat down and tried to make sense of it all. What will the law mean for Michigan and for you?</p><p>And, we spoke with the Detroit Bureau correspondent for the new TV network Al Jazeera America.</p><p>And, author Jim Tobin and illustrator Dave Coverly joined us to talk about their new children’s book.</p><p>And, public transportation can be confusing, especially for children. The Youth Transit Alliance in Detroit is looking to improve this.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, Moo Cluck Moo, a fast food restaurant in Dearborn Heights, has stepped up and raised their starting wage to $12 an hour. The founder spoke with us about why he thinks fast food workers deserve to be paid more than minimum wage.</p><p>First on the show,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama is conditionally endorsing a Russian offer for international inspectors to seize and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. It's an effort to avert U.S. missile strikes.</span></p><p>President Obama addressed the nation last night amidst the continued erosion of support in Congress for military strikes. The President's speech drew mixed reactions from Michigan's Congressional delegation.</p><p>Todd Spangler, D.C. based reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined us today from Washington.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:09:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 14384 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 'It's so worth it.' The story of three girls, six buses and the hope for a better education http://michiganradio.org/post/its-so-worth-it-story-three-girls-six-buses-and-hope-better-education <p>School is almost out for summer! For some students, that means camp. For others, it means time to get a job. For the three high school sophomores you’re about to meet, it means a break - not just from school, but from riding the bus.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:03:30 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 13012 at http://michiganradio.org 'It's so worth it.' The story of three girls, six buses and the hope for a better education Feds to inject $25 million into Detroit light rail project http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-inject-25-million-detroit-light-rail-project <p>You can say one thing about the backers of the M-1 light rail project in Detroit, they're persistent.</p><p>The on-again, off-again federal funding of the project is now on-again, according to reports from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.</p><p>The Freep reports U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is expected to visit Detroit next week with $25 million for the light rail project along 3.3 miles of Woodward Avenue.</p><p>The rail line is proposed between downtown Detroit and New Center.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:03:14 +0000 Mark Brush 10719 at http://michiganradio.org Feds to inject $25 million into Detroit light rail project Stateside: Regional transit authority faces big roadblocks http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-regional-transit-authority-faces-big-roadblocks <p>The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to create an authority for Detroit and surrounding counties to operate its own transit system.</p><p>However, the bill faces significant hurdles in the Michigan House of Representatives.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News addressed the various obstacles the bill must overcome.</p><p>The bill is decades in the making and has wide support throughout Michigan, but Howes says the reason it has not yet passed is due to a history of control issues. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:43:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10136 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Regional transit authority faces big roadblocks Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/super-fast-bus-line-coming-grand-rapids-2014 <p>Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system will be built in the Grand Rapids area. Bus rapid transit operates similar to light rail, but because less infrastructure is needed, bus rapid transit is much cheaper. Buses will arrive at stops every ten minutes. They’ll have designated lanes and be able to change traffic lights so they don’t have to slow down.</p><p>On Thursday federal, state and local officials gathered at The Rapid Central Station to officially sign the agreement. Peter Rogoff is with the Federal Transit Administration.</p><p>“It’s going to lower commute times by some 40-percent and even for folks that never take the bus, it’s going to take congestion off of US-131 and off of Division; in a way that’s going to be beneficial to everybody,” Rogoff said.</p><p>The new bus line, the Silver Line, won’t be complete until the summer of 2014, according to The Rapid CEO Peter Varga. It will run almost ten miles between the residential suburbs south of Grand Rapids up to major employers and the ‘medical mile’ in the downtown area.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIh_cPP5wvE&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:10:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9525 at http://michiganradio.org Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 Are stars aligning for a southeast Michigan transit authority? http://michiganradio.org/post/are-stars-aligning-southeast-michigan-transit-authority <p>Southeast Michigan county, business, and community leaders seem to agree; the region needs a transit authority to attract businesses and young talent.</p><p>Testimony at a House transportation committee hearing overwhelmingly supported bills to create an authority.</p><p>John Hertel is the general manager of the SMART transit system. He said this is the first time in four decades he’s seen this level of agreement between the city of Detroit and its suburbs.</p><p>"I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s wonderful to see. But while it’s there, we need to strike and move forward. This kind of thing obviously doesn’t come along very often," said Hertel.</p><p>Hertel said he’s not yet confident the Legislature will pass the plan.</p><p>Robert Daddow spoke on behalf of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. He’s confident the bills will pass.</p><p>"The governor has pressed this for some period of time, has been actively working in the coordination between the units – Detroit, Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw - in trying to get an agreement together. And we’re very, very close, if not right there, right now," said Daddow.</p><p>State officials have tried many times to establish a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan.</p><p>Some supporters are skeptical it can get out of the legislature. Others worry about possible legal challenges if it does pass. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:08:50 +0000 Jake Neher 9272 at http://michiganradio.org Are stars aligning for a southeast Michigan transit authority? Supporters rally to keep Grand Rapids suburb connected to metro bus sytem http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-rally-keep-grand-rapids-suburb-connected-metro-bus-sytem <p>People in the Grand Rapids suburb of Walker will vote this November on whether to withdraw from the regional bus system. Now transportation supporters are fighting back.</p><p>Supporters of the bus system in metro Grand Rapid held a kick-off rally in defense of the bus sytem, known as The Rapid.</p><p>Barbara Holt is a Walker City Commissioner and chairwoman of the regional transit authority. She and other business leaders at the rally said keeping Walker connected is vital to the overall community's economy.</p><p>“People can stay in Walker, go shopping someplace else, go working someplace else but we all come back. It’s so important that we do not isolate ourselves from the region,” Holt said.</p><p>“I use it for work, when I was working on my masters degree I used for school, medical appointments. I use it for everything,” Walker resident Tom Gilson said. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:28:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9262 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters rally to keep Grand Rapids suburb connected to metro bus sytem Voters in Grand Rapids suburb could withdraw from regional bus system http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-grand-rapids-suburb-could-withdraw-regional-bus-system <p>Voters in a Grand Rapids suburb will decide in November whether the city should withdraw from the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rapid">regional bus system.</a></p><p>This week the City of Walker certified petition signatures collected by the Kent County Taxpayers Alliance.</p><p>Ben Reisterer lives in Walker and is with the alliance.</p><p>"We’re not against busing at all. We think it’s a good thing for the community. But we don’t necessarily agree with the way they are going about providing that service," Reisterer said.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:24:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8711 at http://michiganradio.org Voters in Grand Rapids suburb could withdraw from regional bus system Some in Grand Rapids suburbs want out of bus system http://michiganradio.org/post/some-grand-rapids-suburbs-want-out-bus-system <p>Today some people in the Cities of Granville and Walker will begin collecting signatures to get their cities out of the partnership that runs the bus system in metro Grand Rapids. It&rsquo;s called The Rapid.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7371 at http://michiganradio.org Some in Grand Rapids suburbs want out of bus system Michigan is home to the Motor City, but what if young people stop driving? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-home-motor-city-what-if-young-people-stop-driving-0 <p>In a state like Michigan, with a history that&#39;s virtually inseparable from that of the automobile, it might be hard to imagine a life without cars. But according to&nbsp; <a href="http://www.uspirg.org/reports/usp/transportation-and-new-generation">a recent report</a>, an increasing number of the nation&#39;s young people are choosing to drive less or not to drive at all.</p><p>The report found that:</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 19:51:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7270 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is home to the Motor City, but what if young people stop driving? Suburban resident plans private Detroit bus line http://michiganradio.org/post/suburban-resident-plans-private-detroit-bus-line <p>The Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120407/METRO/204070354/Privately-run-bus-line-could-help-Detroit-fill-transit-gap?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports</a> Andy Didorosi is set to open <a href="https://www.facebook.com/detroitbus">the Detroit Bus Co.</a>, a private company with three full-size school buses.</p><p>The 25-year-old Ferndale resident says he&#39;s invested $10,000, and insurance will cost another $10,000 per bus per year. His plan comes as frustrations linger over city buses running late or not at all.</p><p>Didorosi&#39;s first bus will launch the last week of April, and the other two will follow.</p><p>Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 President Henry Gaffney says city service could be better, but he&#39;s not a fan of a private citizen tackling the issue. Gaffney says Didorosi doesn&#39;t really know what he&#39;s doing. Sat, 07 Apr 2012 19:51:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6950 at http://michiganradio.org Suburban resident plans private Detroit bus line Grand Rapids-area bus system improvements begin today http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-area-bus-system-improvements-begin-today <p><a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/articles/service-enhancements-coming-monday-january-9th">The Rapid busses start a new schedule Monday</a> that will better serve riders late at night, on the weekends, and more frequently during the workday. The bus service is improving thanks to a millage voters passed back in May.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5691 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids-area bus system improvements begin today Amtrak reports record riders and revenue in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/amtrak-reports-record-riders-and-revenue-michigan <p>Amtrak trains in Michigan <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151--264041--,00.html">had a record number of riders and revenue</a> for the fiscal year that ended last month. Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Foran says Amtrak riders have increased steadily since 2008 when gas prices spiked over $4 per gallon.</p><p>Nearly 800,000 people rode one of three passenger train lines in the state bringing in close to $28 million in ticket revenue &ldquo;It goes to show that people like to have transportation choices,&rdquo; Foran said.</p><p>The record numbers come despite major slow-downs over the summer on the most popular line from Detroit to Chicago.</p><p>The biggest ridership increase was on the line that runs from Port Huron through East Lansing to Chicago.</p><p>Foran says the summer months and the upcoming holiday season are the busiest times for train riders. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:44:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4592 at http://michiganradio.org Amtrak reports record riders and revenue in Michigan Federal grants fund 11 public transportation projects in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-grants-fund-11-public-transportation-projects-michigan <p>Nine public transportation systems in Michigan <a href="http://levin.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/levin-stabenow-announce-11-grants-for-michigan-transportation-projects">have won competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation</a>. The grants announced Thursday total nearly $44 million. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:57:49 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4583 at http://michiganradio.org Federal grants fund 11 public transportation projects in Michigan 16-mile bike lane project connects neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/16-mile-bike-lane-project-connects-neighborhoods <p>A series of bicycle lanes stretching 16 miles and connecting three neighborhoods in southwest Detroit has been completed. The Greenlink is part of the city&#39;s urban master plan for non-motorized transportation and allows bike riders safe access to the three historic neighborhoods.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A $500,000 Michigan Department of Transportation grant funded 80 percent of the project. Other grants and fundraisers paid for the other 20 percent.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 18:50:28 +0000 The Associated Press 4503 at http://michiganradio.org 16-mile bike lane project connects neighborhoods Ridership on The Rapid bus system surpasses 10 million http://michiganradio.org/post/ridership-rapid-bus-system-surpasses-10-million <p>The public transportation system in greater Grand Rapids is celebrating a record number of riders this year. The Rapid is operated by an authority made up of Grand Rapids and 5 surrounding suburbs; Wyoming, Walker, Grandville, East Grand Rapids,&nbsp;and Kentwood.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Barbara Deming waits for a bus at The Rapid Central Station which&nbsp;is packed every morning and afternoon on the weekdays. Deming has ridden the bus nearly every week since moving back home to Grand Rapids from a small town up north 7 years ago.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4305 at http://michiganradio.org Ridership on The Rapid bus system surpasses 10 million