U.S. House Dems add more mass transit, high-speed rail in 2nd shot at infrastructure bill

BY: - September 15, 2021

The U.S. House transportation panel early Wednesday passed along party lines the panel’s $60 billion slice of Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget plan, adding nearly $20 billion for a new transit program and high-speed rail development in the states. Chairman Peter A. DeFazio of Oregon had considered these and other items underfunded in the Senate-led bipartisan infrastructure […]


Susan J. Demas: Whitmer could be able to ‘fix the damn roads,’ despite GOP obstruction

BY: - August 15, 2021

If you were around for the before time in 2019, you know that Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first year in office was dominated by GOP leaders in the Legislature doing everything they could to thwart her attempts to “fix the damn roads” — her signature 2018 campaign promise. That preceded Republicans doing everything they could […]


Rick Haglund: Absence of viable regional transportation continues to hurt SE Michigan

BY: - June 10, 2021

I recently traveled to an appointment in Dearborn, about 20 miles from my home in Oakland County. Good thing I own a car.  The trip took about 30 minutes. But traveling to my destination and back home by bus would have required a mile-long walk to the nearest bus stop, multiple bus transfers and gobbled […]

Flint and Detroit get $13M from feds for transit upgrades

BY: - November 25, 2019

Michigan will see almost $13 million in federal grants for transit upgrades in Detroit and Flint.  The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on Monday announced a total of $423 million in transit infrastructure grants. Of that, $12.8 million will go to Michigan projects, according to a news release.  Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist made the announcement at […]

SE Michigan leaders push House bill in renewed regional transit effort

BY: - November 18, 2019

With proposed legislation, leaders in Southeast Michigan hope to get another crack at regional transit, albeit without one major part of the region.  Leaders from Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit, are pushing a bill to revise the Municipal Partnership Act (MPA) of 2011 with the goal of getting […]


Column: When you fix those damn roads, include mobility for all

BY: - August 26, 2019

Michigan has a transportation funding problem, and it’s been with us for years. We don’t invest enough in our system, and when we do, it doesn’t help everybody. This dysfunction has led us to the point where we need to invest at least $2.5 billion annually to “fix the damn roads.” As bad as they […]