transportation en Gov. Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding <p>Gov. Rick Snyder says massive flooding this week in and around Detroit reinforces the need to boost state spending on roads. Snyder says Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure may have played a role in the floods, although it’s too early to tell for sure.</p><p></p><p>“I don’t want to be premature, but you would imagine it would have some consequences in terms of magnifying the effect on the freeway flooding,” Snyder told reporters as he surveyed damage at homes and schools in Royal Oak on Friday. “That wouldn’t have affected the homes, but in terms of the freeway challenges.”</p><p></p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 01:31:00 +0000 Jake Neher 18751 at Gov. Snyder says Metro Detroit flood underpins need for more road funding That yellow traffic light? It was the invention of a Detroit police officer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It's hard to imagine driving without the guidance of the tri-color traffic light, isn't it?</p><p>Turns out, that tri-color light that keeps us from crashing into each other at intersections was the brainchild of a Detroit police officer.</p><p>Matt Anderson is curator of transportation at The Henry Ford museum complex. Anderson says there had generally been two lights – one telling us to stop and the other telling us to go. But William Potts, a Detroit police officer, found a way to make the lights safer.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It was </span>Potts’<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;inspiration to put in the third light, sort of amber caution, letting you know the signal change is imminent, so that you can prepare to slow down,” says Anderson.</span></p><p>Today, there are more than 3oo,000 intersections with traffic signals throughout the U.S.</p><p>And where was the first four-way traffic signal tower installed in the world?</p><p>It was at a corner of Woodward Avenue here in Detroit, says Anderson.</p><p><em>* Listen to the full interview with Matt Anderson above.</em></p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:19:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 18701 at That yellow traffic light? It was the invention of a Detroit police officer Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help <p>Everybody has their own philosophy when it comes to merging in construction zones.</p><p>Conventional wisdom on the roads seems to be that when faced with an approaching merge, you should just get over as soon as you can and just wait for your turn like a good little driver.</p><p>The people whizzing by in the open lane are looked down upon - morally corrupt drivers making a&nbsp;<em>BAD </em>decision refusing to get in line and wait for their turn.&nbsp;</p><p>Watching the other drivers zoom ahead makes you feel like this:</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:47:05 +0000 Mark Brush 18501 at Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many different auto museums – some dedicated to displaying cars with unique engineering and designs, and others dedicated to displaying the automobile’s impact on society.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's auto museums have had&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">little success.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flint’s "Autoworld"&nbsp;theme park closed two years after opening, and the Walter P. Chrysler Museum closed its doors recently.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Europe has had a different experience.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Autostadt, which means “auto city” in German, is in&nbsp;Wolfsburg, Germany. It averages about two million visitors per year. BMW and Porsche also have notable museums in Germany.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why do auto museums in Europe succeed, while those in the auto capital of the world have not?</span></p><p>“Europeans seem to have such a deep bond with their vehicles,” says Paul&nbsp;Eisenstein, publisher of &nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">The Detroit Bureau</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. “They are seemingly more interested in the mechanicals and what have you. They have a tendency to be drawn to automotive exhibits, museums, parks, and everything at a much greater rate than Americans are.”</span></p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Eisenstein at 3 p.m. today. We'll post the audio for that interview here around 4:30 p.m.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18237 at Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan No wheels in the Motor City? New website seeks to help <p></p><p>In spite of its nickname, the Motor City has well-known transportation problems.</p><p></p><p>A large proportion of Detroiters don't own cars, and buses are notoriously late and overcrowded.</p><p></p><p>Now, residents have a new option.</p><p></p><p>It's a website based on a platform used at colleges, called <a href=""></a>.</p><p></p><p>Debra Rowe heads the Detroit Green Skills Alliance, which works on sustainability issues.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 02:51:08 +0000 Sarah Hulett 17901 at No wheels in the Motor City? New website seeks to help Michigan considers aviation fuel tax increase <p>DETROIT – Michigan airport executives are seeking an aviation fuel tax increase to help make improvements and repairs at the state's 235 public airports.</p><p>The state House-approved plan would help general aviation and commercial airports avoid falling far short of more than $730 million needed for fixes in the next five years. The Detroit News reports (<a href=""></a> ) it's stuck in the Senate in part amid concerns by Delta Air Lines.</p><p>About $190 million in runway and taxiway reconstruction, as well as demolition work at the Smith and Berry terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, is at stake as part of the state's five-year plan. Other major projects are planned in Grand Rapids, Flint and elsewhere.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:55:26 +0000 The Associated Press 17443 at Michigan considers aviation fuel tax increase Seven mile stretch of I-96 will be completely closed starting tomorrow <p>Construction crews will soon start working on the long stretch of highway east of I-275 that connects Detroit with outlying areas. Officials say the highway will be closed for six months. The project was originally scheduled to get underway in January, but weather delayed the start.</p><p>The freeway will be closed starting tomorrow at 7 a.m. Ramps will begin to close tonight starting at 7 p.m.</p><p>Transportation officials have put together a <a href="">website </a>to inform motorists, and they have been counting down the days on their Twitter handle:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Da Da Da Daaaaaaa!!! .... 1 DAY TO CLOSURE: No more needs to be said. Review information on this page and... <a href=""></a></p>— 96fix (@96Fix) <a href="">April 4, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.5;">More about the $148 million project from their website:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reconstructing a 7-mile stretch of I-96 from Newburgh Road in the city of Livonia to Telegraph Road in Redford Township. It will require complete closure of the interstate ... Work includes reconstructing the road and repairing 37 bridges, including on and off ramps. The project will bring the corridor to current design standards and improve safety. Clearances at the 37 bridges/overpasses also will be increased to improve safety.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Go <a href="">here </a>for more information about other major construction projects around the state.</span></p><p><em>*A previous post reflected the estimated closure time listed on MDOT's website - 7-12 months. An&nbsp;MDOT&nbsp;official said they expect the highway to be closed 6 months. The post is now updated.</em></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:25:23 +0000 Mark Brush 17102 at Seven mile stretch of I-96 will be completely closed starting tomorrow Michigan lawmakers preparing a small patch for our roads <p>Despite appearances, those who make our laws sometimes do listen to those who elect them. Here’s one example happening right now. Anyone who drives knows that our roads are in terrible shape.</p><p>Nobody remembers them ever being this bad, especially in major urban areas. But the Legislature has stubbornly ignored appeals from Gov. Rick Snyder to fix them.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:44:13 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16823 at Michigan lawmakers preparing a small patch for our roads Michigan legislators pondering speed limit increase <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What matters more to you: Being able to drive faster, or being able to walk or ride your bike without dodging a speeding car?</span></p><p>That's how the battle lines are forming over a package of bills soon to be introduced in the state Legislature. It would allow the state to give drivers more leeway to put the pedal to the metal.</p><p>Tim Fischer is with the Transportation for Michigan coalition and the Michigan Environmental Council and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:27:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 16693 at Michigan legislators pondering speed limit increase The people working to grow the biking culture in Flint and Marquette <p>Cities like Ann Arbor, Portland, and Seattle are known for promoting biking in their cities, but biking hasn't found much of a foothold in many traditional Rust Belt cities.</p><p>Some people are trying to change that. Issue Media Group has two pieces profiling those people.</p><p>In their publication Mid-Michigan Second Wave, <a href="">writer Kelli Kavanaugh&nbsp;looks at this trend in Flint</a>. Kavanaugh&nbsp;spoke with Flint native Andy Stamps who founded the Berston Bicycle Club Project.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:13:36 +0000 Mark Brush 16614 at The people working to grow the biking culture in Flint and Marquette Are more of us making do without a car or truck? <p>Are Americans driving less?</p><p>Some interesting statistics from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute finds that from coast to coast, more of us are making do without a car or truck.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, what's changing in the way younger Americans look at cars?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're joined by Bridge Magazine writer Rick </span>Haglund,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> who recently explored these questions in a piece titled "As Detroit auto show revs, America cools to car culture."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And we're joined by writer </span>Micki<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Maynard, founder and editor in chief of <a href="">Curbing Cars</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a website that chronicles changing attitudes towards transportation. She's also a former Detroit bureau chief for The New York Times.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to the audio above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:40:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 16219 at Are more of us making do without a car or truck? Potholes straining road commission budgets <p>County road commissions are closely watching their budgets, after spending more than usual on winter maintenance this year.<br /><br />Freeze-and-thaw cycles have caused a wave of potholes across Michigan.<br /><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If winter is very expensive, that can impact our other activities that the road commission performs, but pothole filling is something of great importance for us and we will address that," said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim Harmon, director of field operations for the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washtenaw</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;County Road Commission.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Gov. Rick Snyder called for $1.2 billion a year in additional money for fixing roads in last year's State of the State address. But his proposal failed to gain traction in the legislature. He's expected to try again this year.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:22:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16044 at Potholes straining road commission budgets Weather stalls Amtrak train for 8.5 hours in 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 Weather stalls Amtrak train for 8.5 hours in Michigan American Airlines, US Airways agree to continue flights to six Michigan cities <p>American Airlines and U.S. Airways have agreed to continue daily service to six Michigan communities for at least five years.</p><p>It's part of a settlement agreement reached with Michigan and five other states as part of the two airlines' proposed merger.</p><p>The affected cities in Michigan are Detroit, Flint, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Marquette.</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:23:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15250 at American Airlines, US Airways agree to continue flights to six Michigan cities More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More communities in Michigan are embracing bike lanes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Rapids plans to add 40 more miles of bike lanes in the next few years.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit has an aggressive approach to implementing them and they're popping up in places like Adrian and South Haven, not to mention the biking hot spots of Traverse City and Marquette.</span></p><p>Josh DeBruyn is the <a href=",1607,7-151-9615_11223---,00.html">bike and pedestrian coordinator for MDOT.</a>&nbsp;Part of his job is to deal with the applications that towns send him when they apply for grants to help install bike lanes.</p><p>DeBruyn says he gets double to triple the amount of applicants that he can actually fulfill for these kinds of grants.</p><p>He also says he hears from plenty of people and organizations about what he calls "motor vehicle angst" - or drivers who are frustrated and sometimes aggressive with cyclists.</p><p>You can listen to my interview with him here:</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15210 at More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists This contest is giving Michigan drivers the chance to be highway planners <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So there you are, driving to and from work or school every day.</span></p><p>Chances are, there's probably a stretch of highway you drive that seems particularly soul-numbing and doesn't let you get any sense of place or community.</p><p>If you could design a highway, what would it look like? And could it improve, rather than just carve up your city?</p><p>That's the idea behind <a href="">Highways for Habitats</a>, a contest being run by the Michigan Municipal League's Let's Save Michigan Initiative.</p><p>Sarah Szurpicki is a project coordinator with the Let's Save Michigan Initiative, and she's been involved in many efforts to revitalize cities in the Great Lakes region. She joins us today to discuss the contest that would allow drivers to play transportation planner.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:38:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 14879 at This contest is giving Michigan drivers the chance to be highway planners Michigan Transportation Odyssey is traveling from Traverse City to Detroit using only public transit <p>The Michigan Transportation Odyssey is going from Traverse City to Detroit this week using only public transportation. It's an annual event held by Transportation for Michigan, which advocates for transportation policy changes around the state.<br><br>Kathryn Gray is a spokeswoman for Transportation for Michigan. She says the Odyssey is meant to celebrate Michigan's accomplishments in public transportation over the past year. But they're also thinking about ways Michigan's public transit can improve.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 17:45:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14585 at Michigan Transportation Odyssey is traveling from Traverse City to Detroit using only public transit Governor Snyder says some Medicaid savings could go to roads <p>Governor Rick Snyder says extending Medicaid to more working poor people will save the state a lot of money – maybe $130 million next year. That begs the question of what to do with the budget windfall.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Snyder administration says the Medicaid expansion to 320,000 working poor people will help reduce uncompensated hospital care and other things that drive up the cost of health care. But the state should also see direct savings by shifting costs like prisoner mental health services to the Medicaid program.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Rick Pluta 14278 at Governor Snyder says some Medicaid savings could go to roads Ann Arbor will debut a bike share program in April 2014 <p>The Ann Arbor City Council Thursday night approved a plan for a bike share program. It's a collaboration with the University of Michigan, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and the <a href="">Clean Energy Coalition</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:39:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13915 at Ann Arbor will debut a bike share program in April 2014 Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013 <p>People around the world and right here in Michigan are rethinking money in order to ease financial woes, and they're doing it with local currency. On today's show we found out what it is, and where it's working.</p><p>And, we headed up north to a resort town where a vacation can lead to putting down roots and building a business.</p><p>Also, one of the co-founders of The Artist Lounge joined us to tell us about how her business is breathing new life into Pontiac.</p><p>And, the Farm Bill and food stamp programs expire at the end of September. We took a closer look at what this means for Michiganders receiving federal food assistance.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Micki Maynard about what she thinks the future of personal transportation will look like.</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;State Senate panel has voted to make more than 300,000 Michiganders eligible for Medicaid in 2014. And that's not all: the GOP-led Government Operations Committee said yes to two alternative plans.</span></p><p>So, from the Senate ticking off Governor Snyder by adjourning without voting on the House-passed Medicaid expansion plan to this Senate Panel serving up not one, not two, but three Medicaid proposals, it's a lot to keep track of.</p><p>We turned to Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing reporter Jake Neher for a little help in sorting this all out.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 21:41:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 13800 at Stateside for Thursday, August 1st, 2013