The Regional Rider: ‘Moving Forward’ Edition
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Regional Rider | June 20, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer
The Regional Rider is a monthly update that highlights the efforts to coordinate transit service in the six-county Grand Vision region. It’s published by the Michigan Land Use Institute’s transportation policy specialist, James Bruckbauer. For feedback, or to receive an emailed version every month, contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @jimbruckb.
- Pete Farmer: Nice to read about the big picture of music around here. I am sure the scene will only get bigger as TC grows. We plan on helping in our own little way with a small venue at our workshop. All procee...
- Pat Weber: The music tradition in Traverse City begins in its schools- the feeder system as it were. Traverse City Area Public Schools has had a long and rich music legacy in both vocal and instrumental instruct...
- Mario: Great article Hans Well written and an important message....
- Cory Johnston: Your reasons to vote NO are reason enough for me. This is 1960's mentality being used to fix 2015 and beyond problems. While mentioned, is there any guarantee that alternatives to one driver/one car w...
- Gerald Wilgus: Much of this is disingenuous rationalization in support of a "lesser of two evils" argument. This is how privatizing profit and socializing risk is maintained. We all agree that transportation inf...
|Transportation event highlighted efforts to create more transportation choices in the Traverse City region.|
Hey transit fans,
Wow! Did you make it to the Getting Transportation to Work Commuter Summit??
If not, you missed THE best transportation event of the year.
This region is moving forward with new approaches to transportation and mobility and the summit highlighted that great work.
Jeff Tumlin showed us how the right, small-scale transportation investments over time will help Traverse City be the best it can be. I couldn’t agree more.
He also talked about how we can reduce traffic on our busy roads, how taxpayers and businesses can save millions by making it easier for people to ride the bus, bike and walk; and how riding the bus and carpooling can improve your love life and even get you promoted.
Northwest Michigan transit in action
Earlier this month, Benzie Bus and Munson Medical Center launched a new bus service that connects Lake Ann area commuters directly to the Munson’s Main Campus. Lake Ann commuters can park at the Lake Ann Methodist Church parking lot and jump on bus that takes them directly to Munson. We’ll keep you posted on the success of this pilot project.
A robust trail network brings with it one challenge: So many bikes, but not enough space on the bus. So on July 1, BATA will kick off its new Bike-n-Ride service, which will accommodate more bikes on its fixed-route buses between Traverse City and Suttons Bay. The new service is expected to be a big hit. We’ll give it a test ride as soon as it’s ready.
Have you checked out BATA’s new website? What a refreshing look! www.bata.net
The area’s ride-share website received a major facelift, too. The Northwest Michigan Council of Governments just launched their newly updated and easier-to-use version at NMRide.net. Need a ride? Want to travel with others? Check it out.
- June 26 at 9 a.m. – Bay Area Transportation Authority Board Meeting at the BATA Hall Street Transfer Station (115 Hall St., Traverse City, MI)
- June 27 at 4 p.m. – Grand Vision Transit Subcommittee at the BATA Hall St. Transfer Center (115 Hall St., Traverse City, MI)
- July 2 at 3:30 p.m. – Grand Vision Transportation Network at the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (600 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI)
- July 10 at 12 p.m. – Benzie Bus Board Meeting at the Benzie Bus Headquarters (14150 U.S. 31, Beulah, MI)
Some of you were very quick to point out ways I could improve my poetry skills after last month’s attempt. Thanks for the feedback.
I’ll spare you the rhymes this time…
See you on the bike AND bus!