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Are we ready for a ‘modal shift'?

Choices | April 4, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

As the clouds make way for the spring sun, a lot of people are dusting off their bike helmets and heading out to work on two wheels. A “modal shift” is going full-speed ahead around the state and here in Traverse City. And it’s more than a seasonal chang...

Regional Rider: The 'Share Your Opinion' Edition

Choices, Regional Rider | February 14, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

It sounds like bus ridership is growing. Our field reporters tell us that there’s an increasing number of riders on the Frankfort to Traverse City Connector, and that buses all over town are filling up. That’s news we like to hear. What about you? Do you ...

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...

Regional Rider: Old Man Winter edition

Choices, Regional Rider | January 16, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

National experts are coming to the area to help make our regional transit system even better. Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit dedicated to thoughtful city development, will enlist a team of big-time consultants to work with local transportation...

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 ...

Voters Want Movement on Division Street

Great Towns | November 15, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

The outcome of the recent local election signaled hope for many Traverse City families that improvements are possible along a dangerous thoroughfare that cuts through town....

Regional Rider: Frankfort, TC get a little closer

Choices, Regional Rider | October 17, 2012 | 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. This month: Frankfort and TC get a little bit closer; Metro Detroit considers transit authority; coming events; and a n...

Marohn: Big-box investments have long-term costs

Great Towns | October 17, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

A speaker at a recent Mackinac Island convention spoke to city leaders from across the state about the long-term costs of big infrastructure investments like big-box stores. Chuck Marohn said they usually create impressive short-term financial gains for c...

Streets Should Connect, Not Divide

Choices | October 4, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

On November 6, Traverse City voters will have a chance to take a crucial next step on one of the most important transportation challenges facing our city: Division Street....

Traverse City Rents Swell With Housing Demand

Great Towns | September 20, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Young people and young families want to live where they can bike downtown, walk to schools and parks, and shop at a nearby grocery store. But high rent prices are forcing them to the outlying areas where they have no choice but to drive to meet their basi...

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...

Support grows for improved Cass Road crossing

Great Towns | August 8, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Work is under way to remove the Boardman River dam at Cass Road, and the days of the existing one-lane crossing are numbered. Groups are voicing support for a new, wider bridge. ...

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....

New Bus Route Helps Workers Cut Transportation Costs

Choices | July 9, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

A new bus route running from downtown Traverse City to the Grand Traverse Resort and Turtle Creek casino holds the potential to reduce transportation costs for resort employees....

Help Make Better Streets in Grand Traverse County

Choices | June 27, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Our friends at the TART Trails, the Land Information and Access Association (LIAA), and My Wheels Are Turning have teamed up to lead a coalition of local groups and citizens to move the concept of Complete Streets forward in Grand Traverse County....

Note to Greilickville: Focus on People, Not Just Cars

Great Towns | June 22, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Efforts to make the area along M-22 north of Traverse City a coastal town center have focused on moving cars, not moving people....

Businesses Agree: More On-Street Bike Racks Needed In TC

Choices | June 13, 2012 | By James Bruckbauer

Now, more than ever, downtown Traverse City customers ride their bikes to get to their favorite shop, restaurant or bar. But for many of those customers, finding a legal and secure place to park can be nearly impossible....

Honor: A Small Town Can Survive

Great Towns | June 13, 2012 | By Glenn Puit

Milan Wall has spent much of his professional life in small towns across the United States, and he knows small towns can survive and, in many cases, even thrive in today’s cutthroat American economy. ...

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