In December 2019 I announced an initiative to advance Southeast Michigan’s proposed Regional Transit Authority expansion. I tried to make the case for it from a standpoint of both common sense in economics and business. It didn’t work, but I’ve remained interested and involved in the mobility conversation, and
Capstone Research and Adjacent Material
As I’m finishing my MBA, I’m working on a bunch of research around the future of mobility infrastructure. This is leading me to all kinds of wild and crazy material, some of which I am writing up here:
2019-2020 RTA Commentary
During my advocacy around the RTA proposal, I chronicled my work with Detroit-based Transportation Riders United and other partners. I also wrote up related and unrelated articles about mobility in Southeast Michigan and beyond.
- Mar. 10, 2020: Climate Leadership Conference – Decarbonizing Transportation, One Electric SUV At A Time
- Feb. 17, 2020: The Rural, The Urban, And The MDOT
- Feb. 14, 2020: It’s Not Infrastructure If It’s Just Cars: Gretchen Whitmer’s Bond Issue and My Chat with Brian Calley
- Feb. 11, 2020: Ann Arbor To Detroit, Train Vs. Bus, Part II
- Feb. 3, 2019: Travel Writing: Density, Mobility, and Dreams of a Better New York
- Jan. 31, 2019: State of Transit 2020: A Brooksless Mobility Future Rolls Forward
- Jan. 9, 2019: RTA Proposes Bus Service Between Ann Arbor and Detroit
- Dec. 20, 2019: State Lawmaker Asks Why Can’t People Just Take Uber Instead
- Dec. 20, 2019: Bridging the Transit Gulf: APTA in Tampa
- Dec. 9, 2019: New Mobility Requires a New Workforce
- Dec. 5, 2019: All Aboard, RTA: An introduction to the series
- Dec. 3, 2019: Challenging The Automotive Paradigm in Reagan Democrat Country
For more information on transit and mobility, check out the diverse and dedicated Detroit transit scene through our super-cool co-conspirators and other organizations we’re generally a fan of: Michigan Mobility Institute, MOSES, Motor City Freedom Riders, Transportation Riders United, and Young Transportation Professionals of Detroit.
The APTA is a great resource for fun facts on public transit. CityLab also covers transportation issues, as does Streetsblog. Or, read some books! Alex Davies’ Driven, Jarrett Walker’s Human Transit, John & Julia Davenport’s Ecology of Transportation, and others that I’ll be posting reviews of here as I finish them. Remember to support independent journalism!
Separate from Handbuilt’s growing subscriber base, we are working on building an informal coalition of businesses, nonprofits, and individual supporters to demonstrate broad public support for transit expansion. As they advocate for our cause, so, too, do we advocate for them. The first step in building the coalition involves agreeing to a common vision statement on what transit means for the region. Here’s the working draft:
“We, the undersigned, support efforts to improve transit infrastructure, service, and connectivity in Southeast Michigan as a means to facilitate individual mobility, talent retention and attraction, and to contribute to the sustainable development of regional workforce, communities, and the built environment. We believe in the need for comprehensive, well-maintained, and adequately funded infrastructure that allows for the safe, affordable movement of every citizen, in the transportation mode of their choice, to and from their homes and places of business, study, or worship. We believe in pursuing solutions that will strengthen the competitiveness of Southeast Michigan, reduce regional carbon footprint from transportation, and increase economic access for all.”
Members of the coalition include the Detroit Bus Company, energy and sustainability consultancy EcoAchievers, the Michigan Minority Contractors Association, Southwest Detroit Business Association, and more.