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It shouldn't take a cardiac arrest!

Michigan Environmental Report
I do not recommend life-threatening cardiac arrest as a way to increase awareness of public transportation’s value. But, it worked for me! Perhaps I should explain.
View ArticleDec 10, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy, MEC Board

Built to Last: A blueprint for a more resilient Michigan

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Michigan has a rare opportunity for thoughtful reinvention. Choices we make now will ripple through our environment and economy for decades to come.
Download ReportSep 23, 2013

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

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In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleSep 21, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Transportation for Michigan blog: Simplifying wonky policy work so the rest of us understand what’s going on

Michigan Environmental Report
Want to know why a Detroit highway widening project is a terrible idea? Or how better public transportation systems could reduce asthma rates? Or why a convoluted proposed transfer of state education dollars to fund public transit was dead on arrival at the State Capitol?
View ArticleSep 19, 2013  •  Summer 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

President's Column: Looking ahead in 2013

Michigan Environmental Report
When it came to environmental issues, 2012 ended on a positive note. We will work to continue that trend in 2013.
View ArticleJan 17, 2013  •  Fall 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Huge win for public transportation

Michigan Environmental Report
Legislation creating a Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority (RTA), passed in the late 2012 legislative session and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, is a huge victory for public transportation and the culmination of years of work by the Michigan Environmental Council and its allies.
View ArticleJan 15, 2013  •  Fall 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleJun 20, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC poll: Voters willing to pay more for road, transportation upgrades

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan voters know the state’s roads and public transportation systems need help, and they’re willing to pay more taxes to improve them, a poll commissioned by the Michigan Environmental Council shows.
View ArticleJun 6, 2012  •  Spring 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Donuts, proclamations and celebration planned across Lower Michigan for Saturday’s National Train Day

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Trains stations across Lower Michigan will host public celebrations of National Train Day this Saturday, with refreshments, displays, proclamations and experts on hand to discuss recent exciting developments in Michigan train travel.
Read MoreMay 10, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Michigan poll: Voters support increased taxes for investment in roads, public transportation systems

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A poll commissioned by MEC shows Michiganders support increased taxes to invest in transportation infrastructure
Read MoreApr 25, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Michigan Road and Public Transportation Survey Results

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Michigan voters believe transportation systems create jobs and boost the state’s economy, and are willing to pay more to invest in them according to a survey released today by the Michigan Environmental Council. The survey recorded widespread dissatisfaction with Michigan’s roads and public transportation. Respondents believe costs for those systems will spiral out of control if the shortcomings are not addressed quickly and aggressively. More than 70 percent of voters said that they would not vote against elected officials who vote to raise taxes $20 per month for transportation infrastructure upgrades. The statewide poll of 600 voters was conducted by Maryland-based Victoria Research & Consulting in February and March.
Download ReportApr 25, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

League of Michigan Bicyclists petitioners to Amtrak: Let us bring bikes aboard!

Michigan Environmental Report
A grassroots drive to convince Amtrak to accommodate bicycles on passenger trains has generated thousands of online petition signatures and excitement among rail advocates.
View ArticleApr 10, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Transportation Odyssey starts March 21

Michigan Environmental Report
Dozens of policy experts, elected officials, advocates and citizens will embark on a three-day Michigan Transportation Odyssey Wednesday starting in Detroit, snaking through West Michigan and concluding Friday in Traverse City. The group, led by the Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) coalition, will use seven distinct brands of public transportation, cover roughly 350 miles and take 56 hours. Media, advocates and residents are invited to join all or part of the adventure.
View ArticleMar 20, 2012  •  March 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Transportation Odyssey starts Wednesday

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Dozens of policy experts, elected officials, advocates and citizens will embark on a three-day Michigan Transportation Odyssey Wednesday starting in Detroit, snaking through West Michigan and concluding Friday in Traverse City.
Read MoreMar 19, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Transportation Groups: Five-year federal bill would shortchange Michigan projects

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Proposed federal transportation bill would hurt Michigan, jeopardize key initiatives
Read MoreFeb 2, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

On Track: Summit showcases growing consensus that rail resurgence is critical to Michigan’s future

Michigan Environmental Report
Improved railroad transportation is a critical catalyst for Michigan’s economy and quality of life, dozens of policy experts and political leaders agreed at a groundbreaking gathering organized by the Michigan Environmental Council this fall.
View ArticleDec 24, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Experts, Gov. Snyder convene to help make connected, convenient rail system a cornerstone of Michigan’s prosperity

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Policy experts, Gov. Rick Snyder address vital role railroad transportation will play in Michigan's 21st century economy
Read MoreOct 31, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

MEC: Gov. Snyder strikes right tone

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The initiatives embraced by Gov. Rick Snyder in today's special message on transportation and infrastructure will help move Michigan into a 21st Century economy.
Read MoreOct 26, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

You're invited! Capitol Summit on rail transportation Monday, Oct. 31 in Lansing

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Rail Summit partners include the Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Railroads Association, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers and The Right Place Inc.
Read MoreOct 25, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Bike sharing coming to Michigan?

Michigan Environmental Report
A network of bike sharing stations throughout Lansing and East Lansing is the vision of organizers trying to raise money and interest in the program, which could be replicated in other Michigan cities if it is successful in mid-Michigan.
View ArticleSep 11, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy, Greenways

Michigander Bike Tour’s 20th underscores value of Complete Streets policies

Michigan Environmental Report
Peddling beneath a canopy of West Michigan trees, Michigander Bicycle Tour cyclists hit the trails July 16-22 for the 20th annual Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance two-, six- and seven-day bike tours.
View ArticleSep 10, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Public forums: Deciding how Michigan rolls

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A series of Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) forums across the state will gather public input on improving Michigan's transportation systems.
Read MoreAug 2, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

New public transportation coalition notches first success with full state funding for 2012

Michigan Environmental Report
A new coalition aimed at transportation policy reform scored its first important victory in May when the Michigan Legislature agreed to maintain current funding for public transportation in the 2012 budget.
View ArticleJun 7, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s public transportation and passenger railroad service both got good news in May. The public transportation budget recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder and passed by the legislature retained existing funding levels—good news in a budget that otherwise cut natural resource protection budgets.
View ArticleJun 5, 2011  •  Spring 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC applauds full funding for public transportation

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Critical passenger transportation programs avoid cuts in budget passed by the Michigan Legislature today
Read MoreMay 26, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

New transportation coalition: Moving Michigan forward

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More frequent, reliable and affordable transportation options paired with smart, effective investments in upkeep of roads and bridges are among the group's policy goals
Read MoreApr 7, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

LAND STEWARDSHIP: Study: Michigan creates more jobs, faster, with public transportation and work on existing roads

Michigan Environmental Report
The state will create more jobs, faster, by investing in existing roads and improving public transportation rather than funding new road projects, according to a report released in Michigan by the Michigan Environmental Council, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and Smart Growth America (SGA).
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Bell ringers: Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC OVERHEARD IN THE NEWS

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A collection of recent quotes from MEC that appeared in the news.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan 50 Year Vision

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The Vision outlines goals – and intermediate steps – to get Michigan to a year 2060 where energy needs are met cleanly and affordably; thriving centers of commerce prosper in harmony with our Great Lakes and other natural assets; and people thrive in dynamic neighborhoods that have easy access to efficient transportation options, healthy local food and cultural amenities.
Download ReportDec 9, 2010

Rail forums build momentum for a more connected future

Michigan Environmental Report
Part way through a run of 16 public forums on the future of Michigan’s rail system, it’s clear that people from all walks of life crave more options for getting around the Great Lakes State.
View ArticleAug 30, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Complete Streets signed into law!

Michigan Environmental Report
For 60 years, Michigan’s roads have been designed with little else in mind besides the automobile. Today, many in Michigan realize we can and should do better to incorporate the needs of all other road users. Doing so means safer streets, increasingly walkable and bikeable central cities, and more vibrant business districts.
View ArticleAug 30, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

State Legislature encourages vibrant cities with passage of Complete Streets measure today

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Complete streets will maximize tools like sidewalks, bike lanes and curb cuts to link people to businesses, public transit and workplaces.
Read MoreJul 28, 2010

Modern Michigan high speed rail: First in series of public forums Monday in Royal Oak

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The first in a statewide slate of public forums on Michigan’s passenger rail transportation future will take place Monday, June 14 in Royal Oak from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Woodward Ave. at 11 Mile Road.
Read MoreJun 10, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy, Land Use

Oil spill outrage can be channeled into constructive rethinking of Michigan’s outdated oil-based transportation policies

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 50,000 barrels of oil per day continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico as of this writing (the range of estimates run from a low of British Petroleum‘s 5,000 barrels per day to a high of 100,000 barrels per day). By any measure, it is destined to surpass the Exxon Valdez accident as the largest and worst oil spill in our nation’s history.
View ArticleMay 28, 2010  •  Spring 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Clean Car standards will benefit Midwest economy, environment

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Federal fuel economy standards will benefit Big Three automakers, consumers in Michigan and the Midwest
Read MoreApr 1, 2010

$244 million high speed rail funds inject crucial investment in future transportation system

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The White House announced it is allocating $244 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for work on a high speed rail corridor in the lower Lake Michigan region. The Michigan Environmental Council applauds the Obama Administration for making this critical down payment on a prosperous future for our state and our regional economy.
Read MoreJan 28, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Lansing, Flint pass measures to encourage smart planning for pedestrians, cyclists

Michigan Environmental Report
Two Michigan cities recently took concrete steps toward making their towns more pedestrian- and bike-friendly.
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Dangerous by Design -- Michigan

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Walking on streets designed more for speeding cars than for people on foot can be deadly. More than 4,500 Americans died last year while crossing the street or walking to school, a bus stop, or the grocery store.
Download ReportNov 9, 2009

Train Riders Rally to “Stop The Great Train Robbery”

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On Saturday, September 12, there will be a press conference and rally to call attention to state budget cuts that threaten the passenger trains serving the Flint and mid-Michigan area. The rally will take place at the Flint Amtrak train station beginning at 6:40 am and continuing until train departure at 7:11 am
Read MoreSep 11, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

New report: Transit service cuts and fare increases devastate cities and towns

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Cuts to Detroit’s public transit system and those of other Michigan towns are part of a national epidemic making it harder for families and vulnerable citizens to get to jobs and essential services.
Read MoreSep 7, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

‘Complete Streets’: 21st century path to a vibrant future for Michigan’s cities

Michigan Environmental Report
Lists of reasons to support policies making it easy to walk, bike and connect seamlessly with public transit read like a too-good-to-be-true advertising gimmick: save money, burn less gas, spew less pollution, revitalize core cities, get in better shape, curb obesity and make our streets safer.
View ArticleAug 31, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bicycles, yes! But a complete streets policy encompasses much, much more

Michigan Environmental Report
If Complete Streets in Michigan were just about bicycle riders, it would just be another small interest group lobbying in its own self-interest.
View ArticleAug 28, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Stranded at the Station

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Cuts to Detroit’s public transit system and those of other Michigan towns are part of a national epidemic making it harder for families and vulnerable citizens to get to jobs and essential services. A report released today by the Michigan Environmental Council, MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength), and Transportation Riders United shows that outdated federal regulations are putting strain on local transit agencies around the country. The results are layoffs, draconian service cuts and fare increases at a time when Americans desperately need jobs and affordable transportation. The report was sponsored by Transportation for America and the Transportation Equity Network and released by the trio of local groups. Those groups called on Gov. Jennifer Granholm to secure a public transportation funding source and support restoration of funding for train and bus services that the State House and Senate has cut; and on the state’s Congressional delegation to support H.R. 2746 which allows public transit agencies greater flexibility in using part of their federal funds for operating expenses.
Download ReportAug 18, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Lansing City Council adopts Complete Streets and Non-Motorized Plan ordinance

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The Lansing City Council voted unanimously last night to adopt a Complete Streets and Non-Motorized Plan Ordinance. This is a big victory for cyclists and pedestrians in Lansing, and for the Complete Streets movement in Michigan.
Read MoreAug 17, 2009

Cookies for Amtrak? Bake sales to raise money for crippled public transit scheduled July 1 in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo

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Public transit advocates will host bake sales in four Michigan cities Wednesday, July 1 to raise cash in the wake of proposed state budget cuts that would derail Amtrak train routes and cripple bus services vital to connecting Michigan workers with employers. “With more Michiganders losing jobs, income, and the means to afford their own vehicles, public transportation is more important now than ever,” said Megan Owens of Transportation Riders United, Detroit.
Read MoreJun 30, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Policy wonks float down the Grand River on final day of “Smart Commute” challenge

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The week-long Smart Commute challenge in Lansing witnessed perhaps its most offbeat entry yet when a pair of environmental policy specialists from the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) canoed the Grand River to reach their Lansing office.
Read MoreJun 5, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Stimulus plan boosts prospects of high speed rail service in Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
City-to-city passenger railroad service in Michigan may become the bright spot in the state’s transportation system.
View ArticleJun 3, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan Environmental Council statement on proposed new mileage, tailpipe standards

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The Michigan Environmental Council today applauded President Obama’s plan to establish responsible, uniform mileage standards that will slash greenhouse gas pollution from new vehicles and make the nation more energy independent.
Read MoreMay 19, 2009

Don't pour stimulus cash into widening highways

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Michigan's highways are in abysmal condition. Potholes crater our secondary roads. The undersides of bridges are sheathed with plywood to keep crumbling concrete from striking motorists. There's simply no money to fix problems. So it borders on insulting -- and certainly seems irresponsible -- that Michigan may spend more than $170 million in federal stimulus money to build bigger, wider roads rather than fixing the ones already in desperate straits.
Read MoreMar 19, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Michigan Transit Vision 2008

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Michigan can boost our economy, fulfill the transportation needs of all Michiganders, and start creating a successful, attractive state, if we make significant investments in transit throughout Michigan. This report details why these investments are critical, what a high quality Michigan transit system would entail, and key steps to achieving it.
Download ReportOct 1, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Michigan’s long-suffering mass transit plans may be inching closer to reality

Michigan Environmental Report
Sky-high gasoline prices may have a silver lining as mass transit proposals see a resurgence in public interest. Reports throughout the summer indicate that vehicle miles traveled dropped significantly in Michigan and nationally, while ridership of busses, trains and commuter pools is on the rise. The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) continues to monitor and work as a catalyst for several transit alternatives. This article provides updates on recent progress, complete with a thicket of acronyms!
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Transportation Policy

MEC lobbies to make roads friendly, safe for the two-wheeled and the two-legged

Michigan Environmental Report
Roads built and improved with federal funds would be required to serve everyone using the roadway, including pedestrians, people on bicycles or those catching the bus, as well as those with disabilities under proposed federal legislation.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Cities battle to cash in on economic boost from new commuter rail line

Michigan Environmental Report
A Detroit-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail line planned for 2010 already has cities lining up for the economic development benefits that mass transit provides.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

New staffer brings construction experience, law degree to bear on land use and legislature

Michigan Environmental Report
Tim Fischer recalls looking beyond the trusses of a home his construction company was building in North Carolina, and seeing 500-home subdivisions sprouting in valleys a half-hour drive from any other sign of civilization.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Land Use, Transportation Policy

All aboard?

Michigan Environmental Report
Years of studying rapid transit between Detroit and Ann Arbor may bear fruit this year. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is proposing a trial commuter train service that could start up within the year and connect to Oakland County as well.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Transportation Policy

Community, Character and Cash: How you can reform transportation with context sensitive solutions

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Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is a new approach to transportation policy. CSS programs -- now underway in numerous states across the U.S. -- are meant to improve the way that transportation projects get envisioned, planned and built. Michigan Environmental Council conducted research and produced this report to provide community leaders with case studies and recommendations to help them implement CSS in their planning processes. Based on our research, we outline ten critical points to follow for a successful CSS program in Michigan.
Download ReportDec 1, 2005

Ten state case studies of context sensitive solutions (CSS) implementation

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Each of the ten states described in our research is implementing context sensitive solutions (CSS) through new policies on project development, staff training, conferences, research, and community outreach and involvement. Taken together, they provide a template for success and offer guidelines for building a program in Michigan.
Download ReportDec 1, 2005

Survey of existing programs within the Michigan Department of Transportation

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MDOT currently has programs in place that can serve as starting points for developing a fully integrated context sensitive solutions (CSS) program. Among them are programs that focus on safety and balancing the flow of traffic (Access Management), historical features (Heritage Routes), and creative technological solutions for transportation problems (Intelligent Transportation Systems).
Download ReportDec 1, 2005
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