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CHART: Does Federal Transportation Spending Reflect Shifting Trends?

All Aboard, Choices | September 4, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Do our transportation investments reflect the rapidly changing demand for buses and trains?...

Conference Highlights Rail’s Potential in Michigan

All Aboard | August 29, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Earlier this week, MLUI joined transportation experts, engineers, train advocates, rail companies and decision makers in Lansing at the Michigan Rail Conference....

To spur job growth, towns Up North bet on trains

All Aboard, Great Towns | August 8, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Earlier this week the Traverse City Record-Eagle published a story about this region’s growing interest in freight rail and its potential to revitalize small town economies. And even though we’re just outside the Toronto to St. Louis trade area, this regi...

State Transportation Update: Lawmakers Hit Brakes on Funding

All Aboard | July 16, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

There’s little doubt among lawmakers that Michigan must come up with new ways to pay for maintaining its broad transportation network. What’s unclear, however, is whether or not the new money would be invested in repairing our crumbling roads, or on build...

Grand Rapids Lifts Michigan Into New Era of Rapid Transit

All Aboard | April 17, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Last week in Grand Rapids, Gov. Snyder joined a group of state officials, business owners, and community leaders to break ground on a $40 million new bus line that’s expected to spur millions in new development and connect suburban commuters to downtown....

For Roads, State Solutions Help, But Cities Need More

All Aboard | February 28, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

More money is needed for transportation in Michigan, especially when it comes to rebuilding our freight and passenger rail network, improving transit, maintaining the roads we already have, and building our cities. But unless state lawmakers offer more lo...

Running Out of Options for MI Transit

All Aboard | January 31, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Michigan has few choices when it comes to raising money locally for transit. Transportation agencies can only ask voters to pitch in through local property taxes. They must rely on fewer and fewer state and federal dollars for the rest of a project’s cost...

Governor Pleads for Road Funding, But Details Are Unclear

All Aboard | January 17, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

In his third State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Legislature to come up with a way to raise about $1.2 billion dollars that he says is needed to fix the state’s roads, bridges, buses, and trains. The state that brought modern transporta...

Snyder expected to tackle transportation in State of State

All Aboard | January 9, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

You can expect one topic to be high on the agenda when Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his annual State of the State address next week: How we’ll pay for transportation in Michigan. The Republican governor, who set out to change the way Michigan invests in its ...

Regional Transit Authority a big win for Michigan

All Aboard | December 13, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Reliable, convenient, and efficient transit may soon make a much-needed comeback in the city that gave the world modern transportation. Last week, lawmakers in Lansing passed a series of bills that would create a regional transit authority (RTA) for Metro...

Short Gains for Detroit Transit

All Aboard | December 4, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

After almost 40 years of failed attempts, senators in Lansing last week finally passed a series of bills that would create a much-needed regional transit authority for Michigan’s largest metro region. Now it’s up to the House, where, on Wednesday, the Tra...

Train Travel Up North Closer To Reality

All Aboard | September 6, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Trains soon could be chugging along to northern Michigan, connecting Michigan families to large metropolitan areas like Detroit and Chicago. That is, of course, if the case can be made to upgrade the already state-owned tracks between here and Ann Arbor f...

Help Decide How Michigan Rolls

All Aboard | August 23, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Last October, Governor Snyder called for some bold new ideas about how we invest in Michigan’s transportation system, from roads, bridges, bicycles, buses and trains. And next Thursday at 4:00 PM, here at the MLUI office, folks around the Traverse City re...

State’s Top Transportation Board Responds to Michigan Voices

All Aboard | July 27, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

When Michigan citizens have a chance to raise their voices to make their communities better, they usually heed the call. And, once again, it worked....

Feds Pass Weakened, Delayed Transportation Bill

All Aboard | July 11, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

New transportation bill dedicates zero funding to existing road and bridge repair, leaving room for more and more highways....

A Modern Odyssey: Part II

All Aboard | May 8, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

We traveled onward, toward Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, where transportation challenges surely exist, but there’s good reason to be optimistic. What we saw in those cities reminded us that Michigan’s transportation system could grow into a good one some da...

Detroit Transit Vital to the Whole State

All Aboard | April 6, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Economists know that Michigan’s future, including Traverse City’s, is inextricably connected to the fate of Detroit. And Detroit cannot succeed if Michiganders don’t stop the terrible, twin trends of public disinvestment and population loss from our state...

A Modern Odyssey: Part I

All Aboard | April 5, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

On March 20, a group of us embarked on an Odyssey of our own. We spent three days using only buses and trains to travel to and around our state’s largest metropolitan regions. ...

Getting Around Michigan By Bus and Train

All Aboard | March 17, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Andy Crosby is a great example of a growing trend: Young, talented people are choosing to live in places that offer more transportation choices....

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