bus http://michiganradio.org en Lansing school district privatizing bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-district-privatizing-bus-service <p>Five thousand Lansing school students will be riding buses operated by a private company this fall.</p><p></p><p>The school board voted last night to privatize its bus system. Dean Transportation currently provides bus service to a consortium of Ingham County school districts.</p><p></p><p>When the Lansing School Board tabled a proposal to privatize its bus service in January, the issue seemed to be put on the back burner until next year.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 03:36:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 17633 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-adding-cameras-city-buses-deter-crime <p>Detroit buses are being outfitted with new security cameras.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Mike Duggan says the intent is to deter crime against passengers and drivers.</p><p></p><p>“For far too long, our drivers have not been safe driving the buses. And at times our passengers have not been safe riding the buses,” says Duggan.</p><p>Duggan says city bus drivers particularly don’t deserve some of the treatment they’ve been getting.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:41:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 16584 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit adding cameras to city buses to deter crime Lansing school buses won't be privatized http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-school-buses-wont-be-privatized <p>The Lansing school district will continue to operate its own buses next year.</p><p></p><p>The school board decided Thursday not to go with a private bus company.</p><p></p><p>Supporters say privatizing the bus service would save the Lansing school district $5 million over the next five years, primarily because the district would not have to replace much of its aging bus fleet.</p><p></p><p>But school board president Peter Spadafore says now is not the time to privatize the bus service serving thousands of capital city school children.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:30:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16162 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing school buses won't be privatized In this morning's headlines: Financial troubles in SE, Detroit EM case, Detroit bus protest http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-financial-troubles-se-detroit-em-case-detroit-bus-protest <p><strong>Emergency Loan Board considers city and school finances in southeast Michigan</strong></p><p>"This week the state's Emergency Loan Board will consider the finances of the City of Highland Park, Royal Oak Charter Township and the East Detroit Public Schools. All three are operating with deficits. The Emergency Loan Board will determine if probable financial stress exists in each case. If it does, the governor will appoint his own review team to make a recommendation on what to do next. That could include the appointment of an emergency manager," Lindsey Smith reports.</p><p><strong>State seeks to block disclosure in manager case</strong></p><p><br />"The state is asking a judge to block disclosure of emails and documents that members of Gov. Rick Snyder's administration exchanged while deliberating over candidates for Detroit's emergency manager. Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an emergency motion on Snyder's behalf seeking intervention in a lawsuit brought by union activist Robert Davis against the state Treasury Department that seeks documents," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Detroit bus drivers protest violent attacks with a "sick out"</strong></p><p>Detroit bus drivers are <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-cancels-bus-runs-monday-cites-sick-out">protesting </a>against a rash of violent attacks on bus drivers. Unionized bus drivers in Detroit have threatened to call in sick today.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:06:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14918 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Financial troubles in SE, Detroit EM case, Detroit bus protest 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 Mid-Michigan bus company to get controversial federal grant, Lansing airport officials disappointed http://michiganradio.org/post/mid-michigan-bus-company-get-controversial-federal-grant-lansing-airport-officials-disappointed <p>A private bus service will get a federal grant, despite the objections of Lansing’s Capitol Region International Airport.</p><p></p><p>The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission last night approved a $595,000 federal grant to the Michigan Flyer. The Flyer currently operates 8 daily round trips from Lansing to Ann Arbor to Metro Airport. The grant will allow its buses to run four more round trips each day.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Airport officials fear the added bus service will siphon off potential air passengers from Lansing.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:57:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 13268 at http://michiganradio.org Mid-Michigan bus company to get controversial federal grant, Lansing airport officials disappointed Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport http://michiganradio.org/post/commission-puts-brakes-money-expanded-bus-service-between-lansing-and-detroit-metro-airport <P>A federal grant to expand bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport is stalled.</P> <P></P> <P>The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission split nine to nine on authorizing a $600,000 grant to help the Michigan Flyer expand its daily trips from eight to twelve.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The commissioner with the potential tie-breaking vote did not attend Wednesday night’s meeting.</P> <P></P> <P>State and federal transportation agencies have already approved the grant, which would essentially help offset the costs for the first few months of the added service between East Lansing an Thu, 30 May 2013 03:19:28 +0000 Steve Carmody 12802 at http://michiganradio.org Commission puts brakes on money for expanded bus service between Lansing and Detroit Metro Airport 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 Bus ridership up - except in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-ridership-except-detroit <p align="LEFT">Several cities in Michigan saw large increases in bus ridership in the first quarter of this year.</p><p align="LEFT">But the state&#39;s largest city saw a decline.</p><p align="LEFT">Bus ridership on &quot;The Rapid&quot; jumped 12% in the Grand Rapids metro area.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Spokeswoman Jennifer Kalczuk says more people use the bus when gas prices go up.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:00:19 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7775 at http://michiganradio.org 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 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 High-speed buses, instead of light rail, make sense for Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/high-speed-buses-instead-light-rail-make-sense-detroit <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s a sense of gloom throughout the mass transit community in Michigan today. Earlier this week, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that he was canceling the long-talked about light rail line to be built up Woodward Avenue in Detroit.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 16:23:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5408 at http://michiganradio.org High-speed buses, instead of light rail, make sense for Detroit SMART cuts take effect today http://michiganradio.org/post/smart-cuts-take-effect-today <p>Beginning today, tens of thousands of people who use metro Detroit&rsquo;s suburban bus system will see their options dramatically limited. The cash-strapped SMART system is cutting 15 routes on weekdays, and it&rsquo;s terminating some routes at Detroit&rsquo;s city limits.</p><p>Megan Owens of the advocacy group Transportation Riders United says the downriver area will be hit the hardest &ndash; losing several major routes. &quot;And then really, anyone who&rsquo;s going to be traveling between Detroit and the suburbs anytime other than rush hours will really be hit very hard by having to transfer to a D-DOT bus to continue their trip.&quot;</p><p>D-DOT is the system that serves the city of Detroit, and has its own set of problems. Declining tax revenues due to drops in property values, fewer federal dollars, and the SMART system&rsquo;s inability to win concessions from its unions are blamed for the cuts. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5326 at http://michiganradio.org Bus crisis in the Motor City leaves riders stranded http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-crisis-motor-city-leaves-riders-stranded <p>James Hill lives in Detroit and uses the bus every day. And he says he&rsquo;s learned to dedicate hours to getting from point A to point B.</p><p>People who need to catch the bus to work or school in Detroit are in a jam. On any given day, about half the city&rsquo;s buses are parked, waiting for repairs. That, in turn, means hours-long waits at bus stops.</p><p>Hill said he took the bus to visit his son in the hospital a couple of weeks ago. He left the hospital at 4 o&rsquo;clock in the afternoon&hellip;</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:04:23 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4785 at http://michiganradio.org Bus crisis in the Motor City leaves riders stranded Details of the $46.7 million in federal transit money coming to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/details-467-million-federal-transit-money-coming-michigan <p>We reported <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/federal-grants-fund-11-public-transportation-projects-michigan">last week</a> about the federal money coming to the state, and Sarah Hulett <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-get-467-million-transportation-projects">reported</a> on more details released yesterday.</p><p>In case you missed it, here&#39;s how the $46.7 million from Federal Transit Administration&rsquo;s <em>Alternatives Analysis, Bus Livability, and State of Good Repair</em> grant program is broken up in Michigan: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:22:26 +0000 Mark Brush 4622 at http://michiganradio.org Details of the $46.7 million in federal transit money coming to 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 Massive cuts coming to Detroit-area bus service http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-cuts-coming-detroit-area-bus-service <p>Southeast Michigan&rsquo;s regional bus system is getting ready to <a href="http://www.smartbus.org/newsinfo/publicnotices/Pages/Proposed-Service-Changes.aspx">make massive cuts </a>to its service.</p><p>Declining tax revenues due to drops in property values, fewer federal dollars, and the SMART system&rsquo;s inability to win concessions from its unions are the reasons behind the cuts.</p><p>The&nbsp;system is looking at a 22 percent cut to its service, affecting 30 of its 53 routes.</p><p>&quot;Certainly this is a tragedy,&quot; said SMART&rsquo;s Beth Gibbons. &quot;It&rsquo;s not going to be easy for the thousands of people who depend on our service every day to get to work and to school.&quot;</p><p>Public hearings on the proposed cuts are scheduled for the first week of November. The changes could take effect as early as December 12.</p><p>About 40,000 people a day ride SMART busses. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 16:28:25 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4579 at http://michiganradio.org Massive cuts coming to Detroit-area bus service Volunteers work to get out the vote in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/volunteers-work-get-out-vote-grand-rapids <p>Voters in Grand Rapids and 5 surrounding cities are voting Tuesday on a millage increase to support expanded public transportation.</p><p>Lizbeth Espinoza and Michael Tuffelmire walk into small Mexican super market in the mostly-Hispanic Roosevelt Park neighborhood. Tuffelmire says many people here aren&rsquo;t aware there are any other elections but the big one in November.</p><p>That&#39;s part of the reason they&rsquo;re driving around a passenger van, picking up anyone who needs a ride to vote.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just trying to just, no matter what people want to vote, I&rsquo;m trying to make easier access for them,&quot; Tuffelmire said.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 20:32:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2330 at http://michiganradio.org Volunteers work to get out the vote in Grand Rapids Bus ridership is up in Michigan (but so are fuel prices) http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-ridership-michigan-so-are-fuel-prices <p>It appears <a href="http://www.michigangasprices.com/">rising gasoline prices</a> are getting more people to ride public transportation in Michigan.&nbsp; But&nbsp;that&rsquo;s a double edged sword for local bus systems.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It will be a few months before all the&nbsp;numbers are in, but Clark Harder with the<a href="http://www.mptaonline.org/"> Michigan Public Transit Association</a> says, demand for bus service is up.&nbsp;&nbsp; He says more and more people are opting to take the bus, because it&rsquo;s getting too expensive to fill up their own gas tank.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 May 2011 16:59:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 2282 at http://michiganradio.org Bus ridership is up in Michigan (but so are fuel prices)