Politics & Government
11:29 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Amid funding uncertainty, MDOT plans for the future

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The Michigan Department of Transportation this month released its draft 2015-2019 Five-Year Transportation Program. MDOT will be taking public comment on the draft plan until January 5.

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11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Planners seek public input on Lansing region's transportation future

What are the Lansing area’s future transportation needs? Three times this week, that’s been the topic of public forums in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Tri County Regional Planning Commission is holding a fourth forum this evening in Lansing.

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12:21 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

After delay, new EL transportation hub on track for 2015

The new East Lansing hub is projected to open by Fall 2015.
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Just off the MSU campus, demolition crews are preparing to raze the first in a series of buildings to make way for a new multi-modal transportation center. The 40-year-old Amtrak depot will eventually come down and be replaced with a larger facility that can handle train, bus and even taxi traffic.

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12:11 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Riding along with Uber in Lansing

Uber is Jeremy Kittle's first experience as a taxi driver. Kittle says he enjoys the scheduling flexibility and innovation the service provides.
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The ride-sharing service called Uber has been in the Lansing-East Lansing market for a couple of weeks now. Current State’s Scott Pohl took a ride with Uber driver Jeremy Kittle to learn about the new service from both the rider and the driver's point of view.

Politics & Government
11:36 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Construction expert looks at the worsening state of MI bridges

Nystrom says bridges deemed to be structurally deficient could have issues with the foundation, beams, or holes in the deck.
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The state of Michigan’s roads has gotten a lot of attention lately, and if you drive or pay attention to the state legislature, you know why: our roads are just flat-out awful. But what about Michigan’s bridges? It turns out, many of those are in need of major repairs as well.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Tue December 10, 2013

MI policy group reviews year in transportation

Trans4M supports statewide investment in non-motorized transportation and helps local governments implement Complete Streets policies.

Listening to Michigan’s elected officials, it might be easy to assume that the only transportation issue facing the state is road funding.   Indeed, there is agreement that road funding is particularly important, but it’s just one of several  priorities for Trans4M, or "Transportation for Michigan".

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:50 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Michigan Flyer seeks $600,000 grant for expansion

Vice President of Indian Trails Chad Kushman says that the expansion should allow for hourly airport trips, increasing convenience for passengers. Currently, those trips run about once every two hours.
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Eight times a day, the Michigan Flyer bus departs downtown East Lansing with passengers en route to Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport. The service, provided by the Owosso-based company Indian Trails, wants to expand to a dozen trips a day and looks to a $600,000 federal grant to make that possible. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Detroit's new RTA, road funding at the top of Michigan's transportation issues

There is no shortage of transportation issues to discuss here in Michigan.

After 40 years and 23 attempts, metro Detroit finally has a Regional Transportation Authority. 

At the top of Governor Snyder’s agenda is a new road funding bill, but will the legislature provide the funds he says he needs to make the necessary improvements?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Current State #74 | April 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Macomb county first in country with fraud database; new book on Detroit Lions;  Kathryn Gray on Michigan's transportation overhaul; and Earl Nelson Singers come to Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Michigan's transportation overhaul includes more than roads

While public transportation like the Lansing-area CATA bus system is useful for citizens, organizations like Trans4m look into other non-motorized forms of transportation.
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Voices across Michigan---from Governor Rick Snyder to thousands of ordinary citizens---are calling for improvements to the state’s transportation infrastructure.  

One Lansing-based policy organization---Transportation for Michigan---is promoting that discussion.

Trans4m, ​as it's called, constitutes a coalition of diverse groups focusing on funding and on projects that often involve non-motorized transportation.  

Trans4m Executive Director Kathryn Gray speaks with Current State about what this overhaul means.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
4:04 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Detroit Boat Show series: The Quadski

Unveiled at the Detroit Boat Show, the Quadski quickly transitions from land to water.
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The 55th annual Detroit Boat Show continues at Cobo Center through this weekend.

WKAR’sPeter Whorf continues our series from the expo with a first look at a Michigan-made product.  Gibbs Sports and Amphibians’ Graham Jenkins describes the new Quadski, a specialized craft that travels on land and water.


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12:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Michigan Farm Bureau outlines 2013 agenda

Keeping up transportation routes, like roads and bridges, enables the agricultural industry to thrive and gain access to needed resources.

More than 400 Michigan farmers had a chance to meet with state legislators this week to talk about their priorities for 2013.  The Michigan Farm Bureau has outlined three main focus areas for its agenda: access to markets, workforce development, and regulatory reform. 

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6:13 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Senate Approves Regional Transit Authority For Southeast Michigan

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The state Legislature is a step closer to creating a regional transit authority for southeast Michigan. The state Senate passed the measure Tuesday.  

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6:10 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Support Overwhelming for Southeast Regional Transit Authority at Committee Hearing

WKAR File Photo

Legislation to create a regional transit authority in southeast Michigan got overwhelming support at a committee hearing in Lansing Thursday morning.

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12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

East Lansing Train Depot On Track For Upgrade

The East Lansing Amtrak station near the MSU campus has seen a 130 percent increase in ridership since 2001.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

The Amtrak train station just off the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is getting a major renovation.  The Capital Area Transportation Authority has received a $6.3 million federal grant to rebuild the station and add a separate bus terminal.

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6:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

East Lansing's Amtrak Station To Get an Upgrade

A federal grant will enable regional officials to renovate the 37-year-old Amtrak station in East Lansing.
Kevin Lavery WKAR

Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing. 

The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University.  CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles. 

U.S.  Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.

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2:47 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Meridian Township considers roads and streets friendlier to bicyclists

Photo: Mark Bashore/WKAR

In Meridian Township, a discussion’s underway about making more room on the roads for bicyclists and pedestrians.  For years, some advocates have argued Meridian should do more to accommodate non-motorized transportation. The township is exploring a ‘Complete Streets’ transportation plan that would do just that.  WKAR’s Mark Bashore has more.

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