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RTA to be Re-Booted for a 2018 Vote?

January 4th's edition of Bridge Magazine broke a very interesting story about the Regional Transit Administration of Southeast Michigan. Top politicians from the four-county RTA region have been meeting privately to reach an agreement on how to reorganize the RTA so that they (the top politicians) will have greater control.

They are also said to be considering trimming the RTA district to the more urban core areas that will have bus service, to eliminate the negative votes from areas that would only have had on-call service under the 2016 RTA Master Plan.

An announcement is expected January 19, but altering the RTA will require a change in legislation at the state level.

Motivation for the changes, and for a hasty move to put a millage on the 2018 November ballot, is reputed to be's insistence that their second HQ be in a city with good transit. I'm not betting on Detroit's getting the nod, but whatever it takes to get political leadership on board with regional transit is a step forward.

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Happy New Year 2018!

New year resolutions, anyone?

For sustainable communities and transportation, you can find inspiration from the top 2017 articles at Mobility Lab. These appeared in Mobility Lab Express newsletter for January 1, 2018:

  1. How far is too far to bike to work?
  2. Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
  3. Kicking the drive-alone habit has been key to Seattle's economic boom
  4. Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking
  5. Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with "TDM for autonomous vehicles"
  6. U.S. DOT envisions trails can be part of core transportation networks
  7. Bike parking and the bottom line
  8. Portland's parking-policy successes will get a go now in California
  9. How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

Washtenaw County: Ypsilanti

There are many citizens in Ypsilanti who are well aware of the potential of a railroad station to revive the economic prospects of their city. Building a station is a project that has support from representatives in the Michigan House, especially Rep. Ronnie Peterson, who represents Ypsilanti in Lansing. Debbie Dingell, Ypsi’s U.S. Congressional Representative, is also a staunch supporter of the project. However, all these representatives are in the minority party, which constrains their ability to provide the needed financial support.

Nothing daunted, Rep. Peterson has undertaken to raise support in other ways. He organized a spectacular event to raise awareness and get the process moving again.

The event was held...


Twelve Cities to Buy Only Electric Buses after 2025

Green Car Reports announced on November 14 that twelve world-class cities have signed a pledge:

Mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland, and Cape Town all signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration, which pledges that they will add only fully electric buses to their cities' public transportation from 2025. (Sean Szymkowski, November 14, 2017)

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What is "transit-oriented development"?

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is an area of compact development, incorporating commercial, residential and professional uses, within walking distance of a major transit stop, that facilitates walking and transit use. The urban design focuses on the pedestrian over the automobile.

What is "sustainable development"?

The simplest, most forceful and practical definition of sustainable development is from the World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Commission report):

Development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

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