Youth Transit Alliance http://michiganradio.org en 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