The Michigan Transportation Odyssey is back—and this year, we’re going to flip it and reverse it. Starting in Traverse City on September 26, we’ll take another look at Michigan’s transportation system: What works? What doesn’t? What’s changed and what’s stayed the same? Which mode will afford us the best wifi for live-tweeting?
A little background
In the spring of 2012, Trans4M set out to answer a simple question: Can you travel Michigan without a car? On our adventure from Detroit to Traverse City, we learned that while it’s possible, it’s not easy. Here’s how we did it:
- Transit in Metro Detroit: SMART, DDOT and the Peoplemover
- Odyssey Speaker Series: Linking Regions in Prosperity
In addition to testing our transportation network, the Odyssey made transportation issues accessible and meaningful for a broad audience, from residents we encountered through our travels to the elected officials we spoke to at our legislative luncheons. This year, we hope to continue the conversation and demonstrate how a modern, efficient, connected transportation system can transform Michigan.
2013 Odyssey: A Groundbreaking Year in Review
It’s been a groundbreaking year for transportation across the state, both literally and figuratively, and we’re excited to highlight some of the biggest wins: Metro Detroit finally has a regional transit authority and is moving ahead with transit along Woodward; Grand Rapids broke ground on Michigan’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) system; Kalamazoo is taking transit countywide; and unprecedented attention to non-motorized transit has resulted in a number of planned and ongoing improvements to our trails and greenways.
As we embark on this year’s epic expedition through the mitten, we’ll visit or touch on all these important projects, and learn how they’re shaping the future of Michigan. Just like last year, we’ll provide plenty of chances to follow along and participate—stay tuned to the Facebook page and event for announcements about speaker events, meet-ups, and tours, as well as a full itinerary.
We hope you’ll join us in person or online for another firsthand glimpse into the connections (and lack thereof) in and between Michigan’s metropolitan areas. The lessons we learned and shared last year had a real impact on transportation policy, and it’s a tradition we hope to continue by spotlighting, once again, transportation in Michigan.
Written by Hayley Roberts, Michigan Suburbs Alliance Communications Director, Trans4M Member