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MLUI Supports Proposal 1

Transportation | April 17, 2015 | By James Bruckbauer

Michigan’s roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair, yet the funding structure for transportation is broken. The measure on the ballot this May 5 attempts to remedy that. While Proposal 1 is not a perfect fix, the Michigan Land Use Institute firm...

A2TC: Connecting Traverse City and Ann Arbor by Rail

A2TC | February 25, 2015 | By James Bruckbauer

Modern passenger rail service connecting Traverse City to Ann Arbor... it's quite a vision. It would strengthen our regional economy and stimulate development along the route. It would take cars off the highways, with the environmental benefits of cleaner...

Gas tax shift makes sense for our crumbling roads

Choices | December 4, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Last month, the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would invest about $1.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation network. Now with only six days remaining in the lame-duck session, it’s up to the Michigan House of Representatives to ac...

About the Division Street Design Process

Division Street | November 13, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Major improvements could be on the way for one of Traverse City’s busiest roads and one of the region’s greatest transportation challenges: Division Street. And right now, local residents can help shape its future....

Staying on Track

Rail | September 18, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Since MLUI released a report that described what it would take to get some kind of train running on the 11-mile stretch of railroad tracks between Traverse City and Williamsburg, I’ve presented the idea to local community groups, state transportation agen...

Transportation Plan Stuck in Reverse

TC-TALUS | August 20, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

The Michigan Land Use Institute is pleased to submit the following comments to the TC-TALUS Board regarding the TC-TALUS Long-Range Plan....

TC-TALUS Seeks Comments on Long-Range Plan

TALUS | August 7, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

The Traverse City Area Transportation and Land Use Study (TC-TALUS), the regional transportation planning agency, wants feedback on their draft long-range plan, which recommends how local agencies should spend scarce transportation dollars. While there ar...

MLUI report examines potential for rail in Traverse City

Rail | July 17, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

MLUI's latest report describes how rail travel could boost tourism and development in the area; the upgrades needed to run passenger trains along the tracks; and how comparable towns around the country restored old train lines....

MLUI to release rail report July 19

Rail | July 2, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

The Michigan Land Use Institute will release the report, “Getting Back on Track: Uncovering the Potential for Trains in Traverse City,” on July 19 at the historic train depot in Traverse City. The report will describe what it would take to have some type ...

Free bus passes for downtown TC employees

BATA | June 12, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

If you’re a downtown Traverse City employee, you are eligible for one of 50 free Bay Area Transportation Authority passes that will allow you to take unlimited rides on all City Loops and Village Loop routes from July through December 2014....

Update: Senate Committee’s Bills Include Transit

Local Motion, Choices | May 23, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

On Wednesday, the Senate’s Infrastructure Modernization Committee passed five bills, three of the House bills and two from the Senate, that would flow new transportation money based on the normal transportation funding formula, Act 51. The bills would ens...

Road Funding Plan Leaves Buses at the Curb

Local Motion, Choices | May 20, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Transportation advocates all over the state say the most recent proposal to raise much-needed money for transportation would bypass the state’s normal funding formula and divert money to roads only, leaving out transit.

Regional Rider: Smart Commuter Edition

Regional Rider | May 8, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Traverse City's 20th annual Smart Commute Week is set for Saturday, May 31, through Saturday, June 7. Register now for the Smart Commute Challenge—it's free, open to the public, and available for all ages and abilities. One person can be a team, but it’s ...

No Silver Bullet for TC’s East-West Traffic

Local Motion | April 25, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Recently, TC-TALUS—this region’s transportation and land use planning body—released a memo that described the challenges with our road network’s ability to handle the traffic that travels between the east and west sides of the Grand Traverse region. The d...

Building cities from the crowd up

Great Towns | April 5, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Fundrise allows average people to invest in property development even if they lack the credibility and capital of a wealthy developer. For northern Michigan, it’s a tool that offers a fascinating new process for rebuilding our area’s village centers and r...

The Regional Rider - Spring Cleaning Edition

Local Motion | March 25, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Last month’s Buses Without Borders event was a huge success! We heard terrific presentations from Vance Edwards, Kirk Steudle, Roger Millar, and Jay Flint. They talked about how reliable and efficient transit, when marketed well, can become a huge boost ...

TC-TALUS board members question role of buses in region

Choices | March 7, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

Last week, while national transportation experts like Kirk Steudle, Roger Millar, and Jay Flint were laying out a new plan for how regional transit can boost this region’s economy, Traverse City’s regional planning board was laughing....

Are Buses Better Without Borders?

Local Motion | February 19, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

The only way agencies will capture everyday commuters and tourists is by offering an efficient express bus service that connects the region’s cities and villages to Traverse City regardless of county lines....

MLUI launches Traverse City train study

Choices | February 12, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

It’s been nearly 10 years since the “Grand Traverse Dinner Train” picked up passengers in Traverse City and led them through a three-hour tour of scenic northern Michigan. But a new study by the Michigan Land Use Institute is looking at a possible return ...

Five Ways to Beat Traffic in TC: Upgrade Keystone and Beitner Roads

Local Motion | January 30, 2014 | By James Bruckbauer

There’s a way for many summer travelers and busy delivery trucks to bypass Traverse City if they want to avoid the area’s busiest roads like Division, Grandview Parkway, and S. Airport Road. It’s a bypass that connects Chums Corner with the east side of T...

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