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Google maps reveal traffic inefficiencies

Choices | August 14, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

A quick Google Maps satellite image reveals the inefficiencies of one of the area’s busiest intersections. ...

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...

Local Motion rolls out fact sheets on transportation habits

Choices, Local Motion | July 31, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Local Motion, a new northwest Michigan program for improving transportation choices in the Grand Traverse region, is rolling out a series of fact sheets to outline our current transportation habits. This first sheet reveals the current reality: Most commu...

The Regional Rider: The ‘Carefree and Car-Free Summer’ Edition

Regional Rider, Choices | July 25, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Trying to get around the Grand Traverse area without a car is no small task. But it’s getting easier every day....

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...

‘Bike-n-ride’ Bus Service to Suttons Bay Kicks Off Today

Choices | July 1, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Northern Michigan’s robust trail network brings with it one challenge: So many bikes, but not enough space on the bus when you need a lift....

Google Saves Big By Offering Bus Passes, Specialist Says

Choices | June 26, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

One of the benefits you’re offered on your first day as a Google employee in downtown Ann Arbor is a financial incentive to leave your car at home. Mary Sell told the audience at the Getting Transportation to Work Commuter Summit in Traverse City earlier ...

The Regional Rider: ‘Moving Forward’ Edition

Regional Rider | June 20, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

If you missed the Getting Transportation to Work Commuter Summit, you missed the best transportation event of the year....

Stanford’s Cost Saving Lesson: Parking Doesn’t Pay

Choices | June 12, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

In the late 1990s, Stanford University found a way to trim the mounting costs of providing a high quality education: Pay university staff to leave their cars parked at home. Locally, Northwestern Michigan College recently unveiled a new master plan, which...

Next Week’s Commuter Summit: Meet the Speakers

Choices | May 30, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Traverse City will welcome two special guests for next Tuesday’s Getting Transportation to Work Commuter Summit. Mary Sell is the Commuter Services Specialist for GetDowntown Ann Arbor, and Jeff Tumlin is a national transportation expert and parking guru....

The Regional Rider: Commuter Rhymes Edition

Regional Rider | May 17, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

It's time for bikes and buses 'cause the weather's gettin' warmer. The 19th Annual Smart Commute Week is just around the corner! ...

Local Workers Crave More Transportation Choices

Choices | May 14, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Earlier this year, we asked about 1,500 Traverse City-area employees why they commute the way they do, and what would encourage them to use the bus, bike, or walk to work. The results were clear: While many are interested in more transportation options li...

The Regional Rider: ‘Fun Fact’ Edition

Regional Rider | April 24, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

We're uncovering a wealth of facts and figure's in a new brochure about our transportation habits. Stay tuned. We'll release the new brochure next month....

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....

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: ‘Make No Little Plans’ Edition

Regional Rider | March 14, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Five transit agencies working together to create an interconnected regional transit system covering six counties doesn’t just happen overnight or over a few years. It takes lots of planning, lots of coordination, and effective communication....

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...

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 ...

Survey: Residents want bike trails, sidewalks, buses—not wider roads

Choices | February 11, 2013 | By James Bruckbauer

Northern Michigan residents want to see officials invest more money in bike trails, sidewalks, and transit, even if that means less money is spent widening roads, according to new survey by Northwestern Michigan College....

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...

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