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Transportation & Homelessness

Step back and think about how your life would be different if for one week you didn’t have access to transportation. Missing work might lead to unemployment and prevent access to necessities like groceries and medical care. For many in…

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What is Transit Oriented Development?

This blog post is the first in the Trans4M Blog Series, Transportation and Economic Development: Making the Connection. What is transit oriented development, or TOD? Implicit in its name, TOD is compact, walkable and mixed use development near transit stations,…

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Five Winter-Friendly Modes of Transportation to Use Instead of a Single-Occupancy Automobile

This year’s record-breaking winter provides a great excuse to ditch your snow-encrusted automobile and adapt your transportation habits to safer, sustainable, more efficient modes. While there are a plethora of options out there, here are five that we think are…

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Bringing Together Local Stakeholders and Industry Experts at ‘Buses without Borders’

Traverse City was buzzing with conversations on regional transit connectivity Monday, February 24 at Buses Without Borders, an event hosted by Trans4M Core Member Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI). The event featured presentations from Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan…

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The #Sneckdown: Winter’s Natural Traffic Calming Effect

This blog post is the first of three in the Trans4M blog series: “Winter Weather & Transportation: Opportunities and Challenges.” Over the next several weeks we will feature weather-related transportation posts to highlight opportunities and challenges that weather presents during…

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Southeast Michigan Can’t Wait [for a Better Transportation System]

“We can’t wait,” was the prevailing sentiment echoed throughout the afternoon from regional transit advocates at Monday’s Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Executive & Policy Committee (EPC) meeting in downtown Detroit. Discussion at the meeting revolved around two important…

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What is BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, has been a hot topic around Michigan. Much of the excitement has been spurred by the The SilverLine BRT, currently under construction in Grand Rapids and scheduled to begin service in August 2014. Planners are…

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Busting Misnomers about Public Transit

Anyone who’s advocated for public transportation has been blindsided with at least one compelling, and completely inaccurate, misnomer about transit. These popular notions are hard to kill, but arming yourself with the facts will help stick a fork in them….

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Getting On-board :: November Events

Here at Trans4M we are welcoming November with open arms in anticipation of a couple exciting coalition events! You might say our theme for November is advocacy – giving you helpful tools and opportunities to make working with your elected…

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The 2040 Regional Transportation Plan: Moving Michigan into the 21st Century

The Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG) approved the controversial 2040 Regional Transportation Plan,  Creating Success with our Transportation Assets, at its June 20 General Assembly Meeting. While aspects of the plan met much public opposition, it also includes numerous…

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