Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 19, 2013

Another View: Boost for SE Michigan

According to an analysis by the Brookings Institution, nearly 40 million working-age people live in metropolitan areas in the United States that lack public transportation. Detroit and its surrounding area are no exception.

The lack of public transportation has made it difficult for people without cars to travel throughout the city. Detroit is also inaccessible for individuals who live in communities bordering Detroit.

The federal government is stepping in to help Michigan's dire transportation system problem. According to The Detroit News, it's likely that $25 million will be awarded to Detroit's light-rail streetcar project.

This funding will help Michigan's public transportation system immensely and make traveling to Detroit a more attractive option.

The light-rail streetcar project is expected to cost $500 million and will travel up Woodward to 8 Mile Road every 7.5 minutes during peak travel hours.

The car called M-1, hopes to connect to a four-line regional rapid bus system that will tie Detroit to surrounding counties.

Less than 10 percent of Detroit residents use the citywide transportation system.

The current bus system has been cited as being slow and unreliable. This light-rail streetcar will make it more convenient and efficient for residents to travel to and from work. A more reliable system will also make Detroit more attractive to people looking for jobs in the downtown area with urban amenities.

In recent years, state and local leaders have discussed various methods to improve the transportation system in the city, but plans have been tabled.

Three years ago U.S. officials agreed to fund M-1, yet Detroit is just receiving the funding now. Though this funding is a nice gesture, it's not sufficient to overhaul Detroit's transportation system.

While this demonstrates the federal government's commitment to improving Detroit and the entire state of Michigan, leaders at all levels must act in a more timely manner. A feasible transportation plan that can be implemented quickly is crucial to Detroit's economic recovery.

It's clear that Michigan is in a state of transition. A large part of the success of this transition will involve connecting Detroit to the rest of the state.

The light-rail streetcar project is one method of making this a reality, though more effort and money is needed to make public transportation a useful service to Detroit and Michigan residents.

The Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor

Text Only

Opinion Poll
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest