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Two-wheel revolutions : New options for nonmotorized traffic on the way in Detroit

By News Hits staff

Published: 9/29/2010

Types: News, Transportation

The perfect storm — and we mean it in a good way — of Mayor Dave Bing's renewed emphasis on redesigning Detroit, the state's new Complete Streets legislation, and a grassroots movement toward increasing the safety of and opportunities for nonmotorized transportation has Miguel Pope cauti...[MORE]

Pink tank: Scrapped Hummer gets turned into a colorful art installation

By News Hits staff

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Code Pink — the anti-war, largely female, peace-pushing group that formed in the run-up the Iraq invasion — knows how to paint the town. Well, a Hummer actually. A scrapped one, salvaged from a local junkyard and converted into a colorful installation that's part garden, part public art ...[MORE]

Inside the loop: What greening is in store for Detroit's Cultural Center

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 6/23/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Right smack dab in the middle of town I've found a paradise that's trouble proof —"Up on the Roof" by Gerry Goffin and Carole King Standing on the roof at 71 Garfield St. on a recent late afternoon, the sun beat down mercilessly on our small group and reflected off the white rub...[MORE]

Street signs: Friends and foes of 'complete streets' bill square off in Lansing

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/16/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Legislation that would require road maintenance or construction projects to consider all users and not just motorists — a design approach known as "complete streets" — is winding its way through Lansing with opposition driven by the county road commissions. The House transport...[MORE]

Strolling the loop: A new pleasure path is lined with possibilities

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 6/9/2010

Types: News, Transportation

After a rather depressing month of hearing about killings, assaults, Detroit Public Schools wars and general economic mayhem (let alone the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico), I decided it was time to focus on some of the good things going on in Detroit. It wasn't that hard. As I once lived sout...[MORE]

Bike seat conversations : Talking two-wheelers with cyclists and policy folks

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Who rides? Cyclists are all over the place. We've got commuters. We've got families. We've got fixed-gear riders, we've got racers and mountain bikes and trail riders and BMX. There are so many divisions of bicyclists. It doesn't matter if you commute to work or you're riding 100 miles on a bicycle...[MORE]

Pedaling influence: Planning, advocacy and fewer cars could make city a cycling mecca

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: News, Transportation

All it took for Jacinda Gant to join the ranks of cyclists was a test ride. A regular walker, she was on Detroit's RiverWalk in early May and spotted the Wheelhouse at Rivard Park, just east of the Renaissance Center, where bikes are sold, rented and fixed. Gant, who works in the Salvation Army'...[MORE]

Reading in gear: A sampling of books on how cycling can transform urban communities

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 6/2/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne Viking Adult, $25.95, hardcover, 320 pp. He of Talking Heads fame, it turns out, packs his bicycle when he travels, and his book is part travelogue, part cycling advocacy, part David Byrne's reflections on the world. Byrne includes Detroit in his "American Ci...[MORE]

Contemplating contempt: In untangling legal wrangle over bridge, judge gets it right

By News Hits staff

Published: 4/28/2010

Types: News, Transportation

Although his name never came up, Detroit International Bridge Company owner Manuel "Matty" Moroun got slapped down big time by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards last week. The person who did get mentioned by name — DIBC President Dan Stamper — couldn't have been...[MORE]

Funny bridge business, part II: Committee halted then restored public span

By Sandra Svoboda

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: News, Transportation

As the chair of the Michigan House subcommittee that deals with the state transportation department budget, Rep. Lee Gonzales (D-Flint) admits he should have been paying better attention at a certain moment last week. It was a few hours into the House Appropriations Committee meeting March 24. Legi...[MORE]

Funny bridge business: Moroun claims conspiracy to block him

By Curt Guyette

Published: 3/31/2010

Types: News, Transportation

As conspiracy theories go, this one is a doozy. It involves the Canadian and U.S. federal governments — including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security — all of whom have allegedly joined forces in an attempt to either drive the privately owned Ambassador Bridge c...[MORE]

Getting charged at the Auto Show: In which we find no free booze, but something better

By News Hits staff

Published: 1/13/2010

Types: News, Transportation

News Hits scurried through the snow early Monday morning, eager to arrive at Cobo Center for the big North American International Auto Show. Unlike most assignments, covering the event is actually something we look forward to every year. At least we used to. With the possible exception of the annu...[MORE]

Bridge bog: The latest dust-up in the Ambassador Bridge saga

By News Hits staff

Published: 12/2/2009

Types: News, Transportation

Add "exit RAMPS" to the list of issues being litigated by the Detroit International Bridge Co. and its leader, Manuel "Matty" Moroun. The Warren-based company filed suit last week in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Michigan Department of Transportation, claiming the sta...[MORE]

Courts and sparks: The powerful bridge company is tangled up in litigation

By Curt Guyette

Published: 9/23/2009

Types: News, Transportation

Like a besieged army, Manuel "Matty" Moroun and his Detroit International Bridge Co. are fighting legal battles on multiple fronts in their high-stakes effort to build a second span adjacent to the privately owned Ambassador Bridge. Moroun, an octogenarian billionaire and transportation m...[MORE]

Trouble bus-ting out: Bing's proposed bus cuts prompt protests and raucous hearings

By News Hits staff

Published: 8/26/2009

Types: News, Transportation

Just so everyone knows from the get-go, News Hits fully realizes that, in terms of municipal finances, the city of Detroit truly is in the deepest kind of shit. We've been there for a while, but it wasn't all that obvious to most because of Kwame Kilpatrick's budgetary flimflam. But when you talk ...[MORE]

Bing's wrong bus stop: Why we must put the brakes on the mayor's proposed service cuts

By Curt Guyette

Published: 8/19/2009

Types: News, Transportation

We read with interest last week's news that Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is considering the elimination of city bus service on Sundays and Saturday nights as one way to help reduce a deficit estimated to be about $350 million. That's it, Bingo — make hitting the poor where it hurts most one of you...[MORE]

Bridge battles: Span company and state transportation department in legal wrangle

By News Hits staff

Published: 7/1/2009

Types: News, Transportation

As the stretch of Interstate 75 closed by the Gateway Project is set to reopen this week, improving access to the Ambassador Bridge, legal squabbling over the project continues. Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court against the Det...[MORE]

Bridge backlash: Detroit's bridge baron wins some, loses some

By News Hits staff

Published: 3/25/2009

Types: News, Transportation

Last week was a "win some, lose some" experience for Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel J. "Matty" Moroun, who is seeking to build a second span next to his existing crossing. The surrounding community, judging from turnout and comments at a public hearing March 17, is against him. But a state boa...[MORE]

Bridge banter

By News Hits staff

Published: 3/11/2009

Types: News, Transportation

He lacks Canadian government approval for the Windsor side of a second span he wants to build across the Detroit River alongside his Ambassador Bridge.He failed to get needed blessing from a state board for $787 million in private activity bonds before a March 6 deadline imposed by the U.S. Depa...[MORE]

Wheels of justice

By News Hits staff

Published: 8/6/2008

Types: News, Transportation

The colorful biking jerseys advertising riders' affiliations with the International Mountain Biking Association and the League of Michigan Bikers were to be expected, but what was the leader of Detroit's Coalition Against Police Brutality doing among a group of two-wheelers? Biking is a social ...[MORE]

The tipping point for public transit

By Robert B. Reich

Published: 6/11/2008

Types: News, Transportation

I've never been a big one for buses or subways. I've never been able to organize myself around their schedules, at least when it comes to getting to work. So I usually end up taking my car (or, now that I'm in sunny Berkeley, walking, and not worrying about getting anywhere on time). Now that ...[MORE]

Traffic jam

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 2/27/2008

Types: News, Transportation

At first I thought the median built on Livernois from Eight Mile Road to just south of McNichols in my Detroit neighborhood was a good idea. I thought it would soften the look of the area and make it pedestrian-friendly with nice greenery on a safe island in the middle of seven lanes of roadway....[MORE]

Mass transit off track: Officials ignore rail as a transportation option

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/22/1999

Types: News, Transportation

As Karen Kendrick-Hands navigates her gray minivan along the pothole-pocked streets downtown near the Detroit River, she points to the railway that, until the mid-1980s, was used to run commuter trains between Pontiac and the Renaissance Center. ...[MORE]

Let there be mass transit: A faith-based coalition joins the fight against aprawl.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 10/27/1999

Types: News, Transportation

Inside a Highland Park church, Victoria Kovari has issued a rallying cry to her Christian soldiers and anyone else willing to listen. This isn’t about the Bible. It’s not a fire and brimstone sermon. It’s about a burning public poli...[MORE]

Enjoy the dark ages

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 11/7/2007

Types: News, Transportation

How would you like it if a group of religious nuts seized your state government and vowed to choke off important advances in science and medicine — even at the expense of further damaging our state's badly limping economy? Well, guess what. That's what's happened in Michigan, without most...[MORE]

Taken for a ride: State obscures road repair program's cost and reach.

By Kelly Thayer

Published: 9/22/1999

Types: News, Transportation

In 1997, Gov. John Engler looked across the paved portion of Michigan’s landscape and didn’t like what he saw: maddened motorists on pothole-pocked roads. So he called for and got a hike in the state’s gasoline tax and other fees that d...[MORE]

Roads to ruin: Why billions more for pavement is poor policy.

By Keith Schneider

Published: 9/22/1999

Types: News, Transportation

More so than in most states, Michigan’s culture and economy have been shaped by its experience with roads and cars. No other program undertaken by state government has affected the lives of residents the way our nearly 10,000-mile state highway sys...[MORE]

Hearings on I-75: Widening debate

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 8/25/1999

Types: News, Transportation

While many Oakland County politicians and I-75 users say the artery must be widened to alleviate congestion and accidents, others are trying to persuade transportation officials to consider alternatives to pouring more pavement. That includes ...[MORE]

Pray for the bus

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 8/4/1999

Types: News, Transportation

More than 300 people gathered at a Ferndale church last week to pray for increased public transportation between Detroit and the suburbs. Judging from past efforts at merging the city and suburban bus systems in metro Detroit, they just might need divine intervention. Metropolitan ...[MORE]

Return of the iron horse?: The dream of serious Midwest passenger service is picking up steam.

By Brian Lavendel

Published: 5/19/1999

Types: News, Transportation

Railroad lover Peter Maiken, who grew up in the Midwest half a century ago, recalls the joy of traveling by train. Just going to the bustling station was a thrill, says the 64-year-old retiree, now living in southern Wisconsin. Now it could happen again, ...[MORE]

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