ray lahood http://michiganradio.org en Driverless car test site aims to open by fall in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/driverless-car-test-site-aims-open-fall-michigan <p>DETROIT (AP) - University of Michigan and state government officials aim to have a 32-acre driverless car test site running by September - in time for a global conference on intelligent transportation systems.<br /><br />Gov. Rick Snyder and other state and university officials gathered Tuesday at Detroit's auto show to outline plans for the Mobility Transformation Facility, a $6.5 million site on the Ann Arbor university's North Campus.<br /><br />It will offer a simulated urban environment with roads, intersections, building facades, traffic circles and a hill.<br /> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:56:58 +0000 The Associated Press 16027 at http://michiganradio.org Driverless car test site aims to open by fall in Michigan LaHood: Metro Detroit, state need to move on regional transit authority http://michiganradio.org/post/lahood-metro-detroit-state-need-move-regional-transit-authority <p>US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was in Detroit for the tenth time Monday to<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20121015/NEWS05/121015047/gov-rick-snyder-ray-lahood-mass-transit-metro-Detroit?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE"> talk about the region’s mass transit future</a>.</p><p>LaHood met with Governor Snyder, Mayor Dave Bing, and state lawmakers, and again made clear that the federal government is willing to put money into a regional transportation authority (RTA) for Detroit.</p><p>But Lansing hasn’t acted on bills to create an RTA to run that system.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:45:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9489 at http://michiganradio.org "Talking" cars hitting the road in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/talking-cars-hitting-road-ann-arbor <p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in Michigan today touting <a href="http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/nhtsa3412.html">a major advance in Smart Car technology.</a></p><p></p><p>By October, three thousand cars, trucks and buses outfitted with a special Wi-Fi system will travel around Ann Arbor as part of a one year test of the system.</p><p></p><p>A few hundred are already on the road.</p><p></p><p>LaHood says the Smart Car system allows vehicles to “talk” to each other and hopefully avoid accidents.</p><p></p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:04:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 8748 at http://michiganradio.org "Talking" cars hitting the road in Ann Arbor It's official: no federal money for Detroit light rail--again http://michiganradio.org/post/its-official-no-federal-money-detroit-light-rail-again <p>A proposed light rail project on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue won’t be getting millions in federal transit dollars—for now.</p><p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded the so-called M-1 project a $25 million TIGER grant in 2010. But late last year, LaHood, Governor Snyder, and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing decided that money would be better spent on a regional rapid bus system.</p><p>Since then, M-1’s private backers—who have pledged millions toward the 3.4-mile span connecting downtown Detroit and the New Center area—have rallied to re-gain government support for the project.</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:22:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7946 at http://michiganradio.org It's official: no federal money for Detroit light rail--again Commentary: Blow to Mass Transit http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-blow-mass-transit <p>Back in the days when the Big Three really were the BIG Three, Detroit may&nbsp;have been the most hostile place in the nation to mass transit. The city&nbsp;existed to create private transportation for all. You were expected to have your own wheels. Well, the world has changed, and estimates indicate that more than a third of Detroiters have no cars&nbsp;these days, and many more would like to take mass transit when they can -- especially downtown.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:11:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7792 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Blow to Mass Transit Federal, state and local leaders meet today to discuss light rail in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-state-and-local-leaders-meet-today-discuss-light-rail-detroit <p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will visit Detroit today. He&rsquo;ll meet with a wide-ranging group of government officials and business leaders on the future of light rail transit in the city. The M-1 project on the main thoroughfare of Woodward Avenue could eventually connect with a regional system.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder plans to attend. He says light rail is part of a strategy to make Michigan&rsquo;s largest city as attractive to entrepreneurs and young people as Chicago or Boston.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:37:47 +0000 Rick Pluta 7727 at http://michiganradio.org Extension a good sign for Detroit light rail plans http://michiganradio.org/post/extension-good-sign-detroit-light-rail-plans <p>Transit advocates in Detroit are happy that a proposal for light rail along Woodward Avenue is still alive.</p><p>Federal, state, and city officials had nixed the plan late last year in favor of a Bus Rapid Transit system.</p><p>But after pushback from the line&rsquo;s private backers, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood gave them a deadline to put forth a &ldquo;feasible&rdquo; plan.</p><p>This week, LaHood extended that deadline about a month. He also <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120418/METRO05/204180402/1361/LaHood-delays-decision-on-M-1-light-rail-project-until-May">told The Detroit News</a> that he&#39;s &quot;still optimistic&quot; about the project.</p><p>Megan Owens, director of the transit advocacy group Transportation Riders United, says the current proposal is for a shortened line serving Detroit&rsquo;s downtown&mdash;but that&rsquo;s ok.</p><p>&ldquo;Light rail, or streetcars, can not only provide a great transit option for getting around the downtown-Midtown-New Center areas--but can also be a great way to boost re-development in those communities,&rdquo; Owens said.</p><p>The extension also gives state lawmakers time to move bills to form a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan.</p><p>Such an authority is a key condition for federal transit aid to Metro Detroit. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 22:39:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7122 at http://michiganradio.org Extension a good sign for Detroit light rail plans Transportation Secretary LaHood to visit Flint, Bay City http://michiganradio.org/post/transportation-secretary-lahood-visit-flint-bay-city <p>U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood plans to visit General Motors Co. plants in Flint and Bay City on Wednesday to discuss the Obama administration&#39;s manufacturing job programs.</p><p>The stops are in the morning at the Flint plant and in the afternoon at the Bay City plant. LaHood&#39;s office says he&#39;ll hear reports on GM&#39;s plans to expand its production at the plants.</p><p>GM recently announced a $109 million plan for engine production for fuel-efficient cars such as the Chevrolet Volt. That plan will add or retain about 100 jobs in Flint and Bay City. The Flint assembly plant is also added a third shift to increase production of Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:30:45 +0000 The Associated Press 3040 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets almost $200 million for Detroit-Chicago Amtrak line http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-almost-200-million-detroit-chicago-amtrak-line <p>Michigan will get just under $200 million to boost rail service between Detroit and Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110509/METRO/105090371/Feds-award-Michigan-$200M-for-high-speed-rail">U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made the official announcement</a> alongside state and local officials in Detroit Monday.</p><p>The federal money comes with no strings attached. Officials say it will let them upgrade a stretch of track between Dearborn and Kalamazoo.</p> Mon, 09 May 2011 21:50:04 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2415 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gets almost $200 million for Detroit-Chicago Amtrak line Details of higher speed rail project announced today http://michiganradio.org/post/details-higher-speed-rail-project-announced-today <p>Passenger rail in Michigan will get some upgrades because of a grant from the <a href="http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/Pages/WhereistheMoneyGoing.aspx">American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009</a>.</p><p>Most of $199 million granted to the state will go toward improving the rail lines between Detroit and Chicago so passenger trains can travel faster.</p><p>The improvements are expected to allow trains to travel at top speeds of 110 m.p.h. rather than 95 m.p.h. The <a href="http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot5711.html">Department of Transportation</a> says the improvements will cut 30 minutes off the time to travel between Detroit and Chicago.</p><p>Senators Levin and Stabenow put out a <a href="http://stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=325">press release</a> this morning with some of the details of the plan.</p><p>They say the track will be improved between Kalamazoo and Dearborn:</p><blockquote><p>[the] rail project will rehabilitate track and signal systems to allow trains to travel at 110 mph for the 135-mile stretch. The current obsolete signal system will be replaced with a positive train control system, improving safety. The grant fully funds the state&#39;s request.</p></blockquote><p>Levin and Stabenow say $2.8 million in Recovery Act funds will also be used to start the process of building a new train station in Ann Arbor:</p><blockquote><p>The Ann Arbor Station&#39;s $2.8 million will be used to complete a preliminary engineering and environmental study required to design and construct a new high-speed rail station in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor Station is the busiest Amtrak station in Michigan, but only has single-tracking capacity, forcing intercity trains to block the mainline while serving the station. By constructing a passing track, more than one train will be able to service the station while others can pass unimpeded.</p></blockquote><p>The money being spent in Michigan is part of <a href="http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot5711.html">$2 billion in new spending on rail service</a> across the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation made the spending announcements today.</p><p>Rail passengers in Michigan will see new locomotives and passenger cars as a result of the spending. Seven higher-speed locomotives and 48 new passenger cars will run between Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek is attending the press conference with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood scheduled for today at 2:30 today in Detroit. We&#39;ll hear more from her later. Mon, 09 May 2011 15:02:15 +0000 Mark Brush 2406 at http://michiganradio.org Details of higher speed rail project announced today