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    The M-1 Rail as Public Private Philanthr …

    Sean Tobin

    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 ...

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    Stop and Go: Inching Closer to a Road Fu …

    Greg Kellogg

    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
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    Take me Home, Crumbling Roads

    Adam Barth

    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 become common to just accept the condition of the roads and remind each other that ...

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    State Begins "Fix on I-196"

    Michael Raley

    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 College Ave. to Fuller Ave. until September of this year. The corridor will undergo widening and reconstruction ...

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    Texting While Driving Ban

    Kayleigh VandenBussche

    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 emergencies or emergency personnel. Both the Senate and House Versions of this bill highlight the importance of banning texting. ...

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    TIGER: Michigan's Winners and Losers

    Michael Raley

    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 applications submitted by municipal governments throughout the state. Only two cities-Detroit and Port Huron-were awarded funds for their transportation projects, receiving $23 million and $30 million, ...

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    Study to determine fate of Lansing area' …

    Michael Raley

    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 State University, and even the Lansing Chamber of Commerce, CATA has been conducting a study of it's Route 1 corridor--a straight shot from ...

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    Update: Michigan High Speed Rail Funding

    Michael Raley

    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 managed to clench $40 million of the $244 million allocated to states served by the Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago rail corridor.

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    I-94, the Highway to (Fiscal) Hell

    Adam Barth

    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 Roadblock Clears for I-94 Progress was published on January 29. These stories ...

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    Following the Detroit Region Aerotropoli …

    Michael Raley

    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 this month, the initiative will likely be an interesting item to follow when the state House of Representatives reconvenes.

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