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    Recently Enacted Road Funding Package

     

    On November 10, 2015, Governor Snyder signed a bill package into law designed to improve the condition of Michigan’s roads. Although Michigan’s roads have been among the worse in the nation for several years, the state legislature has failed in their attempt to provide funds for needed repairs. Even the road to our State Capitol Building, Michigan Avenue, is filled with bumps and potholes. Michigan roads continue to be an issue. This bill package is designed to alleviate the problems with our

    The Gordie Howe International Bridge: History & Update

     

    The Windsor-Detroit gateway has been recognized as one of the busiest border crossings in North America. It is currently served by four existing crossings: the privately-owned Ambassador Bridge owned by Detroit businessman Manuel “Matty” Moroun, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel and the privately-owned Detroit-Windsor Tuck Ferry. In 2000, a cross border traffic survey study was conducted to collect origin-destination patterns. The survey information supported t

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    The M-1 Rail as Public Private Philanthropy

    Detroit is known to many as a struggling city. There are issues here that also come up accross the rustbelt, albeit Detroit is a much more extreme example. These problems have caused a large amount of disparaging depictions that have become widely circulated. This is best shown through the upsurge in popularity of Blight Porn, and other images with similar names, which has become a large topic for bloggers all the way up to larger, more mainstream media outlets such as the Huffington Post. Many

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    Comparing Michigan Motorcycle Accident Data to National Averages

    In April 2012 Michigan changed its helmet law from a universal requirement for all riders and passengers to wear helmets to a partial law allowing riders that are 21 years old and up, have been riding for two years or more, and carry an extra $20,000 in insurance coverage to ride without a helmet. Michigan is now one of the 28 states with a partial helmet law, with 19 states still having universal helmet requirements and three states having no helmet law whatsoever.

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    Stop and Go: Inching Closer to a Road Funding Solution

    For the first time since the onset of the Great Recession, an issue other than jobs and the economy tops Michigan voters’ list of policy priorities. That issue? Roads, according to a May 2014 EPIC-MRA poll (Egan, 2014). Michigan’s deteriorating roads are more than a mere nuisance: Crumbling pavement and deficient bridges jeopardize the safety of motorists, cost drivers hundreds of dollars in vehicle repairs every year, and threaten Michigan’s transportation-dependent economy. Moreover, the Michi

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    Transportation

    • Recently Enacted Road Funding Package

        On November 10, 2015, Governor Snyder signed a bill package into law designed to improve the condition of Michigan’s roads. Although Michigan’s roads have been among the worse in t...
    • The Gordie Howe International Bridge: History & Update

        The Windsor-Detroit gateway has been recognized as one of the busiest border crossings in North America. It is currently served by four existing crossings: the privately-owned Ambassador Bridge own...
    • The M-1 Rail as Public Private Philanthropy

      Detroit is known to many as a struggling city. There are issues here that also come up accross the rustbelt, albeit Detroit is a much more extreme example. These problems have caused a large amount of...
    • Stop and Go: Inching Closer to a Road Funding Solution

      For the first time since the onset of the Great Recession, an issue other than jobs and the economy tops Michigan voters’ list of policy priorities. That issue? Roads, according to a May 2014 EPIC-MRA...
    • Comparing Michigan Motorcycle Accident Data to National Averages

      In April 2012 Michigan changed its helmet law from a universal requirement for all riders and passengers to wear helmets to a partial law allowing riders that are 21 years old and up, have been rid...
    • Electric Vehicle Policy

      Recently, Electric Vehicles (EVs) have emerged as a promising advance in technology that could have a substantial impact on various issues currently faced by Michigan and the United States. The most ...
    • Regional Transit Authority Legislation

      In June of 2011 Senate Bill 443 was introduced in the Senate Committee on Transportation to create a regional transit authority for southeast Michigan. The bill never made it out of committee. The reg...
    • Proposed Changes to Michigan's Gasoline Tax

      Although the price of gas is largely impacted by the worldwide supply of oil, federal and state gasoline taxes also play a role. Currently, the federal government charges a tax of 18 cents per gallon ...
    • Policymakers Search for Funding for Road Repairs

      It's no secret that Michigan's roads and highways are in need of repairs. But a recent report containing alarming information about the extent of road damage and the inadequacy of Michigan's road fund...
    • Woodward Light Rail Moving Forward Amid Uncertainty

      With over a week still remaining, September has already proven to be an important month for the future of the Woodward Avenue light rail project. Yet it remains to be seen whether there will even be...
    • Providing Public Transportation to a State and a Country on Wheels

      Research and Commentary: When Americans think about government funding debates, issues like health care, social security, education, and defense are hot topics. However, many people take for granted...
    • Interview with Clark Harder, Michigan Public Transit Association

      Clark Harder is the Executive Director of the Michigan Public Transit Association, a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of public transportation authorities throughout Michigan for t...
    • Interview with Rep. David Agema

      David Agema represents the 74th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, a district that includes the city of Grandville and parts of Ottawa County in the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Area. H...
    • Take me Home, Crumbling Roads

      Chances are, most Michigan drivers curse about the poor condition of the roads every time they drive to and from work, the grocery store, and perhaps even to another house in the neighborhood. It has...
    • State of Michigan Infrastructure

      A problem found in Michigan, as well as most of the United States, is the declining infrastructure. The problem arises from the constantly increasing demand for transit; a problem growing faster than ...
    • State Begins "Fix on I-196"

      On Monday, the state began a reconstruction project on a segment of I-196 in northeast Grand Rapids.  MDOT has indicated that the project will leave the Gerald R. Ford Freeway closed to traffic from C...
    • Texting While Driving Ban

      Both the Michigan House and Senate have passed different versions of a ban on texting while driving. Under these laws, drivers may not receive, send, or write text messages, with exceptions such as em...
    • TIGER: Michigan's Winners and Losers

      Wednesday's unveiling of awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Innovation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program left Michigan with little to show for applicat...
    • Study to determine fate of Lansing area's primary transit corridor

      Residents of the Lansing area may have noticed brochures and banners about the Capital Area Transit Authority's (CATA) latest project.  In conjunction with state and municipal governments, Michigan St...
    • Update: Michigan High Speed Rail Funding

      The Obama administration announced several awards for the construction of regional high-speed rail corridors throughout the U.S., and Michigan was among the recipients of such assistance. The state ma...
    • I-94, the Highway to (Fiscal) Hell

      The Detroit Free Press has run two stories the past 2 weeks about the reconstruction of a segment of Interstate 94 in Detroit. The Stories, I-94 Overhaul Could Begin in 2011 ran on January 20, and A ...
    • Following the Detroit Region Aerotropolis Initiative

      In early November, legislation regarding the Detroit Region Aerotropolis initiative was referred for a second reading as a portion of the Next Michigan Act. Though the legislature adjourns sin die thi...
    • High Speed Rail in Michigan: An Update and Review

      The Michigan Daily reported on Friday that $7.5 million in federal funds has been allocated for a study regarding a high-speed rail corridor between Detroit and Lansing, with potential stops in Dearbo...
    • Public Transit Funding in Lansing: Potential Responses to Budget Constraints

      The Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) provides bus service for the greater Lansing area, with fixed routes covering Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, and parts of Meridian Township. CATA also...
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