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Looking For a Few Good Interns: Summer 2015

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Looking For a Few Good Interns

Trans4M is now hiring interns for this fall! Click here to learn more — applications are due Aug 8.

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The go!pass – Encouraging Public Transit Ridership in Ann Arbor

Despite numerous ways that taking public transit, walking and biking can improve our health, grow our economy and protect our environment, many of us continue to drive most places we go simply because it is so darn easy.Copious amounts of…

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Guest Post: Who’s Afraid of the Bus?

A couple years ago, waiting in line at a hip Ferndale restaurant, I started talking to a cosmopolitan young woman who’d lived in a number of metro areas around the U.S. She said she’d taken public transit to get around in all of them – except metro Detroit. “It’s just not safe,” she said. “DDOT or SMART – I would never take either.” ….

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The federal transportation funding debate: what’s going on and why it matters for Michigan

The potential insolvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) looms heavy over Michigan’s already troubled transportation system. The HTF is primarily financed by the 18.4-cent-per-gallon federal fuel tax and makes up about one third of Michigan’s total transportation budget….

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Community Strategies for Bus Stop Improvement and Maintenance

Needless to say, public transportation budgets are often spread thin. Transit providers often lack funding to improve or maintain stops and stations along their routes. These often overlooked components of the system are vital to promote ridership. According to transit…

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Thriving in Transit: Trains Converting Travel Time into Productivity Zones

In its second annual run coming later this summer, the Millennial Trains Project will pass through Michigan, with Detroit as one of the program’s 8 cross-country stops. Earlier this month we examined the motivations of the increasing numbers of young…

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Guest Post: Diary of a Bus Rider

The following guest post was written by Alan, a bus rider and resident of East Lansing.  I actually enjoy riding the bus. I know not many people will say that, at least not many people in Michigan. If you lived in…

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Guest Post: Empowering People with Disabilities to Use Public Transit

The following guest post was written by Laura Padalino, Director of the Active Transportation Initiative at PEAC, or Program to Educate All Cyclists, a Trans4M member. Robbi is 22 years old, and recently started his first job at Meijer bagging groceries and stocking…

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Millennial Ridership Proves #RailMatters for Michigan

MDOT ridership statistics show rail has seen an increased annual ridership of 78% since 2002. University students compose a large and influential percentage of passenger rail users in the state of Michigan.  A 2009 University of Michigan study for MDOT…

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