U.S. Department of Transportation http://michiganradio.org en 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 $15.8 million in federal funds on the table for Michigan road projects http://michiganradio.org/post/158-million-federal-funds-table-michigan-road-projects <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today it will make available $473 million in road funds to states with pending transportation projects.</p><p>In a <a href="http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2012/dot9312.html">press release</a>, U.S. Department of Transportation said the money comes from unspent earmarks from FY 2003-2006.</p><blockquote><p>Effective today, state departments of transportation will have the ability to use their unspent earmarked highway funds, some of which are nearly 10 years old, on any eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, or port project.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120817/POLITICS02/208170420">The Detroit News</a> reports Michigan has $15.8 million in 28 projects that hasn't been spent that the state can redirect.</p><blockquote><p>"It will be up to Michigan how to decide to spend their money," LaHood said.</p><p>State departments of transportation will have the ability to use their unspent earmarked highway money, some of which is nearly 10 years old, on any eligible highway, transit, passenger rail, or port project.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The Obama Administration wants the money spent soon. To use the funds, states must identify projects by October 1, and must obligate them by December 31, 2012. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:50:41 +0000 Mark Brush 8712 at http://michiganradio.org $15.8 million in federal funds on the table for Michigan road projects 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