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Old May 28th, 2015, 03:18 AM   #61
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More than likely I guess if Cleveland's Healthline BRT route is any indication since it was also built from private money with the main donor being the Cleveland Clinic. That being said it is sort of refreshing to see billionaires giving back the the city or donating their cash for other worthy causes as opposed to the Koch Brothers.
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will this be the "Quicken Line"?
Very good idea! Apply for a loan while waiting for a train. Be approved when you arrive.
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Old May 30th, 2015, 06:23 AM   #63
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Is it true that construction on a subway line was started in Detroit in the late 1920s?
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Old June 8th, 2015, 11:59 PM   #64
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M-1 picks Pennsylvania bidder in $32M streetcar deal

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M-1 Rail has selected a Pennsylvania company to design and build its streetcars.

Brookville Equipment Corp., of Brookville, Pa., will design and supply the streetcars as well as spare parts and support services at a cost of $32 million, according to a news release from M-1 Rail.

The company has experience in battery-powered streetcars — a key concern for M-1 — through its work with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system as reported in the Free Press last week.

M-1 announced last year that it was negotiating with Inekon Group of the Czech Republic on the streetcars, but Brookville was selected after previous bidders were asked for a best and final offer when M-1 and Inekon could not reach agreement, according to James Canning, an M-1 spokesman.

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Early plans for passenger rail service from Detroit to Grand Rapids include 3 possible routes

By Joel Oosting | MLive.com

June 10, 2015

LANSING, MI — To get from Detroit to Grand Rapids by train in 2015, you have to go through Chicago. Or transfer to a bus in Kalamazoo.

That could change under early and developing plans for "coast-to-coast" passenger rail service that would link Michigan's two largest cities.

"It's all about connecting Michigan," Liz Treutel of the Michigan Environmental Council said Tuesday night at a public meeting in Lansing.

It was the first of 16 public meetings across the state this year as Michigan by Rail, an informal group led by the MEC, works to collect feedback and gauge interest as part of a feasibility study.
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Old August 30th, 2015, 08:18 AM   #67
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First Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Detroit

Source : http://www.apta.com/resources/statis...rship-APTA.pdf

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Detroit / City of Detroit Dept of Trp - 66,800 (2015)


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Detroit / Detroit People Mover - 6,000 (2014)
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Old August 30th, 2015, 10:36 PM   #68
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Incredibly low. Are they rising at least?
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I think the future Detroit - Grand Rapids service could operate via Pontiac and Lasing. These trains could run on CN tracks and make stops in Lasing, Durand and Pontiac, at average speed of 80 mph and three daily round trips.

The cities of Howell and Plymouth can be attended by a commuter rail to Lasing.
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Some Photos of Detroit's People mover from Matt Johnson

From Summer 2015

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3rd Quarter 2015 Ridership numbers for Detroit

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Detroit / City of Detroit Dept of Trp - 85,600 : 5.62%
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Are those ridership numbers strictly for the city of Detroit or include the suburbs?
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Are those ridership numbers strictly for the city of Detroit or include the suburbs?
I think its just for bus agency operating in Detroit itself.
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Is the streetcar to rely upon a capacitor/battery for some portion of the route, or have they simply not begun erecting catenary along Woodward?
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I think the future Detroit - Grand Rapids service could operate via Pontiac and Lasing. These trains could run on CN tracks and make stops in Lasing, Durand and Pontiac, at average speed of 80 mph and three daily round trips.

The cities of Howell and Plymouth can be attended by a commuter rail to Lasing.
Ann Arbor is much more important. It's wealthy and there is the big university there. Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids, in my opinion.


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Strong rise compared to your previous update. What about the People Mover? I guess with Downtown booming, it will probably have a rise as well.
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Ann Arbor is much more important. It's wealthy and there is the big university there. Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Grand Rapids, in my opinion.




Strong rise compared to your previous update. What about the People Mover? I guess with Downtown booming, it will probably have a rise as well.
Those numbers haven't been updated in a while.
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DDOT to add 24-hour bus service on key routes
Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press. January 15,2016

The addition of 24-hour bus service on some routes is among the changes coming to public transportation in Detroit beginning next week.

They include new schedule times, additional destinations and the introduction of 24-hour service on No. 53 Woodward, No. 34 Gratiot and No. 21 Grand River, according to the Detroit Department of Transportation.

"These service changes come directly from our customers and employees," DDOT Director Dan Dirks said in a news release. "We received countless requests for better night service, frequent peak-hour service and more reliable schedules."

The changes, which are scheduled to begin on Saturday, Jan. 23, follow a series of community input workshops and hearings last year. DDOT is planning a final service change announcement for 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosa Parks Transit Center.

The service improvements are made possible through operating efficiencies and a reconfiguration of bus routes in northeast Detroit and Harper Woods, the release said, noting that Eastland Center will be served by enhanced service on 8 Mile rather than buses from Mack and Gratiot.

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Here's the list of upcoming service changes, according to DDOT:

No. 16 Dexter — Add trips on weekday mornings
No. 17 8 Mile — Extend route to start/end at Mack & Moross, with service to Eastland Mall, on all days. New schedule with expanded hours on all days on this fast-growing route.
No. 18 Fenkell — New schedule on Saturday
No. 19 Fort — New schedule on all days to reflect end of long-term construction
No. 21 Grand River — Add 24-hour service on all days
No. 23 Hamilton — New schedule on all days
No. 25 Jefferson — New schedule on all days
No. 27 Joy — New schedule on all days
No. 29 Linwood — Minor schedule adjustments
No. 31 Mack — Route travels between Mack and Moross and Rosa Parks Transit Center; use No. 17 8 Mile for service to Moross, Kelly and Eastland. New schedule on all days
No. 32 McNichols — Extend route to start/end at Meijer Old Redford on Saturday and Sunday. New schedule on all days
No. 34 Gratiot — Route travels between 8 Mile & Gratiot and downtown; use 17 Eight Mile for service to Eastland. New schedule on all days . Add 24-hour service on all days.
No.41 Schaefer — New schedule on all days
No. 45 7 Mile — Extend route to start/end at Meijer Old Redford on all days. New schedule on all days for enhanced travel options and more reliable service.
No. 53 Woodward — New schedule on Sunday . Add 24-hour service on all days.
All other routes may feature minor schedule changes (affecting approximately 3% of all trips) because of a revised schedule-building method.
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Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News. January 21, 2016.




A joint venture between SMART and DDOT to offer expanded bus service up the Woodward and Gratiot corridors was presented to regional transit officials Thursday, a major first step toward improving coordination and connecting Detroit and the suburbs.

The pilot program, initially called refleX and taken from the words “regional, flexible and express,” would cost an estimated $3.9 million annually to operate. At least $2.8 million of that cost has been awarded in a three-year state grant and the rest would be covered by money earned at the fare box, officials said.

Both routes would originate in Bricktown at Fort and Brush and extend out to Oakland and Macomb counties. The Oakland-Detroit route, run by DDOT, would go to the Somerset Mall area and the Macomb-Detroit route, overseen by SMART, would take riders to the North River park and ride in Mount Clemens.
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Regional transit advocates are hoping Metro Detroiters are willing to open their wallets this year for a new tax to fund transportation improvements — and they’re planning to spend big to sell it.

The Regional Transit Authority — a state-created board with representatives from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties — is working to finalize a master plan by spring. Consultants are strategizing with businessman Roger Penske and other community and philanthropic leaders to fund a detailed public education effort that will evolve into a separate, all-out political campaign heading into the November election.

RTA officials haven’t yet made public how much the four-county millage will cost, but it would fund the authority as well as rapid transit on three major routes, a fare card system and an airport shuttle service. The tax would raise an estimated $130 million a year for the life of what could be a 20-year millage.

Supporters of the millage say public education will be key to convincing the public, given the defeat of a statewide ballot proposal for road improvements in 2015.

Advocates of the campaign say they hope to raise nearly $1 million for public education.

The Kresge Foundation has given $600,000 to the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation, which is operated by the Detroit Regional Chamber, to educate the public for the four-county transit millage.

“Our interest is in raising public awareness about the challenges that our region has and identifying what the lack of transit means to our community,” said Laura Trudeau, managing director of Kresge’s Detroit program. “Those of us who have children who are choosing where they are going to live are picking places with really strong transit. I think that’s a huge driver in people’s understanding of the value of transit and the need for a better system here.”

Calling transit “one of the most pressing issues facing Detroit and the region,” Trudeau said that although Kresge is not allowed to advocate for the ballot initiative itself, her foundation will help “people become more aware of the problem and doing what we can to help define it so that people can make their own decision ... and it’s an informed decision.”

Public transit has been a hot topic in Metro Detroit with the projected opening in 2017 of the M-1 Rail line up Woodward from downtown to Midtown, a project funded mostly by Penske, businessman Dan Gilbert and other investors. And the RTA has been trying to improve coordination between traditional rival bus agencies such as DDOT in the city and SMART in the suburbs.

Paul Hillegonds, the RTA board chairman, said the conversation is not yet focused on the millage election. Rather, he said, it’s gearing toward informing the public “about what our transit problems are, how we compare with other regions and our need for improved transit and how the master plan would address those needs.”

The business community, transit advocates and others, said Hillegonds, will be involved in the selling of the case for better transit.

“It’s really a campaign, an information effort that would inform the potential voters, and make the case for the ballot proposal that would come later,” he said. “And those are really two separate efforts.”

Hillegonds said the release of the master plan and public input is critical before anything else “because the region wants to know what we’re talking about before we even think about going to the region for funding support.”

Helping with the education aspect of the campaign is Kelly Rossman-McKinney, whose Lansing-based public relations consulting firm has been hired by RTA officials to help sell transit to the region. She promises myriad strategies along with “allies and ambassadors” to help those who either use transit or not “recognize the need for and the value of a more comprehensive, coordinated, reliable and accessible system.”

The public awareness campaign, she said, must show the public “how poorly southeast Michigan compares to other metropolitan areas around the country,” and that improved transit can spur job growth and the economy.

“There are things like that, that the vast majority of folks who live in southeast Michigan really don’t know and they are just not aware of. And they have no appreciation for the weaknesses in the system,” Rossman-McKinney said.

Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, said the chamber will be “playing a very public role in talking up the benefits of the RTA and advocating for the millage.”

“Regional transit has been a long-standing priority for the chamber for a multitude of reasons, some of them are business-related and some of them are just frankly moral citizenship reasons,” Baruah said. “You will see the chamber mobilizing its membership and getting our board engaged and making sure the business community understands the importance of this issue.”

Baruah said that there will be challenges though. Among them is asking people for tax dollars in a tight economy. He acknowledged that “people who aren’t used to taking public transit often times view public transit as something for somebody else and not for them.” He has lived in Washington, D.C., and Portland, where public transit is a way of life, he said.

“We don’t do that here because we don’t have that option here,” he said.
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