Category Archives: Public transit

Gilbert’s Bedrock Is Beginning To Think Outside The Automobile

I attended an event last night hosted by Transportation Riders United in One Woodward. The second floor conference room has some great views of the city at sunset, thanks to Michigan legend Minoru Yamasaki‘s affinity for floor-to-ceiling windows. (Oh, I … Continue reading

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Canada Trip I – Via Rail to Toronto

I’m in Montreal and Toronto this week for a program through Kogod. The topic is marketing in a cross-cultural setting, and it’s been the first class whose content I’ve actually really enjoyed. One article– definitely the most conceptually interesting I’ve … Continue reading

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Bad Ideas And Bad Companies Do Not Need Your Defense

I was out for happy hour the other night with a transportation group. In spite of its legendarily bad public transit system, Detroit’s accompanying scene is expansive enough to boast sub-niches: There is a transit justice and organizing group, a … Continue reading

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The Somewhat Unsurprising Struggle of Detroit’s Streetcar

Figures out this week show that Detroit’s QLINE streetcar, once heralded as a bringer of progress to our struggling city, show that ridership is a fraction of what it was projected to be, as reported this week by Detroit Metro … Continue reading

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Whomst Should Bear The Cost? Mobility and the Workplace

I figured I could kick off Detroit Mobility Week with some exploration of a debate currently simmering in my office over the term, used in reference to employment, “must have access to reliable transportation.” The term is used by HR … Continue reading

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Bike The Bridge: Fleeting Dreams of International Bike Transit

On Sunday, for the first and possibly the last time, I rode my bike across the Detroit River on the Ambassador Bridge. It was a lot of fun, but also a reminder of how badly in need of a revamp … Continue reading

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High-Speed Rail Coming to Ontario by 2031

Today, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in London a new project to bring high-speed rail to the province. Canada is notably the only G7 nation that does not have high-speed rail (although the United States basically lacks high-speed rail outside Amtrak’s northeast … Continue reading

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Safer Streets: Community-Driven Commuting

This past Friday morning as I stopped at a light on my bicycle, another cyclist rolled up next to me and commented on the unusual number of drivers using the bike lane as another travel lane and making thoughtless turns. Living in … Continue reading

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“Yes” on Sensible Spending, “No” on Illiana

The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission, or NIRPC, is set to vote on the proposed 47-mile highway in December. CMAP voted a close, 11-8 “yea” vote last week, with IDOT and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn pushing for the project as … Continue reading

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