It's official: The City of Detroit has chosen to give light rail trains their own lanes in the middle of Woodward Avenue, all the way from Eight Mile to downtown. The release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement last week confirmed the compromise between the city and the M1 Rail private investors which has been whispered about for some months. Bowing to the investors' interest in Midtown Detroit real estate, the plan includes five stations on Woodward between I-94 and I-96Â I-75, instead of the two originally proposed, but they will be located in the median instead of along the ...
In an editorial published last Sunday, the Detroit Free Press assessed the dismal state of public transportation funding in Michigan and urged gubernatorial candidates Rick Snyder and Virg Bernero to begin debating its future. As the Press notes, the state has shortchanged transit for decades. The average state budgets $34 per person for transit service each year. Michigan offers a paltry $20. That's abysmal, especially for a state that's been so heavily urbanized for so long. Michigan desperately needs expanded transit service. Unfortunately, the immediate question before the Legislature is whether the existing system will be sustained at all. "We're ...
On Saturday morning, thousands of people assembled in front of Michigan Central Station for the chance to ride bicycles (and the occasional tricycle) en masse through the streets of Detroit. Black and white, male and female, young and old, MSU and UM, Christian, Muslim, and Jew, wearing spandex and wearing jeans, all came together for a four-hour-plus celebration of pedal-powered transport in the Motor City. For a brief glimpse of the festivities, see the slideshow below and MattMTB's delightful video. Since its 2002 founding by Edward Potas and Mike Kiewicz, the annual Tour de Troit has seen phenomenal growth. Starting ...