Media Advisory :: Join us! September 26-27: Michigan Transportation Odyssey (#MIOdyssey13)

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013                                              

CONTACT: Kathryn Gray, 517-795-7617, Kathryng@trans4m.org

Join us! September 26-27: Michigan Transportation Odyssey

Trek from Traverse City to Detroit will showcase Michigan’s groundbreaking year in transportation 

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Public transportation advocates, elected officials, policy experts and media will join in the 3rd annual Transportation Odyssey starting Sept. 26 – using trains, buses, bicycles, and feet to travel from Traverse City to Detroit.

The Odyssey is a project of Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M), designed to highlight strengths and weaknesses of Michigan’s transportation network.

The past year, Michigan has seen a variety of groundbreaking initiatives both in and between our major metropolitan areas, from M1 Rail in Detroit, to bike sharing, to a plan to connect trails and greenways statewide. The 2013 Odyssey will incorporate both passenger and non-motorized modes of transportation, and will provide an accessible glimpse into transportation for legislators, stakeholders and Michigan residents.

Media are invited to travel with the Trans4M team for all or part of the Odyssey, or to attend one of our events along the way:

Wednesday, September 25:

  • Kick-off Dinner (The Filling Station, Traverse City)

Thursday, September 26:

  • Traverse Area Recreational Trail (T.A.R.T.) tour
  • Traverse City to Grand Rapids (via Indian Trails)
  • Grand Rapids Silver Line BRT tour (The Rapid, Grand Rapids)
  • Networking dinner (Grand Rapids Brewing Co., Grand Rapids)
  • Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo (via Indian Trails)
  • Networking reception (Old Burdick’s Downtown, Kalamazoo)

Friday, September 27:

  • Kalamazoo River Valley Trails tour
  • Kalamazoo to Ann Arbor (via Amtrak and The Ride)
  • Award Presentation (Blake Transit Center, Ann Arbor)
  • Ann Arbor to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (via AirRide)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Downtown Detroit (via SMART)
  • IMG Speaker Series: Thinking Outside the Box (Park Bar, Detroit)

Speakers and guests along the way will include:

Julie Clark (T.A.R.T Trails), Hayley Roberts (Michigan Suburbs Alliance), Heather Seyfarth (Clean Energy Coalition), Eli Cooper, (City of Ann Arbor), Mary Sell (GetDowntown), Michael Ford (The Ride), Leah Groya, (livingLAB Detroit), Ansgar Strother, (A2B Bikeshare), Jela Ellefson (Eastern Market Corporation), Kelli Kavanaugh, (Tour de Troit), RJ Wolney, (RockVentures, LLC), Kyle Bartell, (Sit on it Detroit), and Andy Didorosi, (Detroit Bus Company).

Trans4M is a diverse coalition of groups working together to make Michigan communities more livable, create equitable opportunities for all people, and build a more robust economy through transportation policy reform.

For a full itinerary and more information about the Odyssey, visit http://www.trans4m.org/odyssey. Please direct inquiries to Kathryn Gray, Trans4M Coordinator, kathryng@trans4m.org.

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