Detroit chosen as pilot city for dockless shared mobility data

Noah Bloom TC's picture

CityLab Detroit kicked off with a big announcement from Mayor Mike Duggan and Janette Sadik-Khan, principal at Bloomberg Associates and chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Detroit will be the home for a pilot mobility data project with the goal of creating a standard for cities and mobility companies to collect data—via trip origins and destinations, travel time and usage, and neighborhood usage—all while protecting privacy, creating more manageable streets, and moving toward more equity in mobility.

Bike Lockers

Josie Jakary's picture

I stumbled upon bike lockers when I was on vacation last week, and I am wondering what you guys think about them. I know that bikes are stolen frequently on campus, so would this solve the problem? Would the investment be worth it for students and universities? I have seen the price point vary throughout states/cities, but what should the price be set at on university campuses?

Using Private Funds for Public Roads

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One of the most important aspects of transportaion in Michigan is the reliance on I-75. With major contruction underway currently on the interstate, the State of Michigan is turning to private funds to help fund the upfront costs of the project. 

"This financing model allows the developer to raise money for project completion through private partnerships. While all project funds will be private, MDOT will use public funds to reimburse the developers after project completion over a 20 to 30 year period."

Southeast Michigan Transit...

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Southeast Michigan Transit Plan Won't be on November Ballot A plan to move forward with a $1.5 million ballot proposal to connect four major counties in Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, and Maycomb) will not be making it to this November's ballot. According to the article cited below, this plan aims to boost economic growth in the region, increasing accessibility, tourism, and movement of goods in Southeast Michigan.

Detroit Q-Line: Public Transportation Bust?

Noah Bloom TC's picture

Around a year and a half ago, Detroit's new streetcar, the Q-Line, entered the city core. The line runs just over two miles, and really only serves the immediate part of downtown that has been gentrified with new sports venues and resturants.  

One concerning fact is that in a city of more than 650,000, only 30 people had purchased annual passes a year into its start. Streetcars have seen success in other cities, but Detroit has yet to see that immediate impact.

Lyft Offers U of Texas-Austin Students Free Nighttime Rides

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The University of Texas-Austin has implemented the SURE Ride Program transportation provider. This program offers a safe way of getting home at night, with free rides for students and faculty between 11PM and 4AM every day of the week. This program enhances the safety of the campus and is an effective way to prevent harmful events from happening. Students are able to save money and live in a safer environment through Lyft's SURE program. The free ride coverage area is depicted in the image above. 

Marijuana Legalization: The Key to Fixing Crumbling Roads?

Noah Bloom TC's picture

Overview:

In November, Michigan residents will be voting whether to legalize Marijuana in the state; It is expected to pass. I would like to continue the discussion on potholes and road funding, but now zoning in on if this upcoming legislation will help the funding, and what other benefits and risks there are surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Some figures:

- The Michigan budget is around $57 billion per year

Detroit chosen as pilot city for dockless shared mobility data

Noah Bloom TC's picture

CityLab Detroit kicked off with a big announcement from Mayor Mike Duggan and Janette Sadik-Khan, principal at Bloomberg Associates and chair of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Detroit will be the home for a pilot mobility data project with the goal of creating a standard for cities and mobility companies to collect data—via trip origins and destinations, travel time and usage, and neighborhood usage—all while protecting privacy, creating more manageable streets, and moving toward more equity in mobility.

Bike Lockers

Josie Jakary's picture

I stumbled upon bike lockers when I was on vacation last week, and I am wondering what you guys think about them. I know that bikes are stolen frequently on campus, so would this solve the problem? Would the investment be worth it for students and universities? I have seen the price point vary throughout states/cities, but what should the price be set at on university campuses?

Using Private Funds for Public Roads

Devin McIntyre's picture

 

 

One of the most important aspects of transportaion in Michigan is the reliance on I-75. With major contruction underway currently on the interstate, the State of Michigan is turning to private funds to help fund the upfront costs of the project. 

"This financing model allows the developer to raise money for project completion through private partnerships. While all project funds will be private, MDOT will use public funds to reimburse the developers after project completion over a 20 to 30 year period."

Southeast Michigan Transit...

Morgan Todtfeld's picture

Southeast Michigan Transit Plan Won't be on November Ballot A plan to move forward with a $1.5 million ballot proposal to connect four major counties in Southeast Michigan (Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland, and Maycomb) will not be making it to this November's ballot. According to the article cited below, this plan aims to boost economic growth in the region, increasing accessibility, tourism, and movement of goods in Southeast Michigan.

Detroit Q-Line: Public Transportation Bust?

Noah Bloom TC's picture

Around a year and a half ago, Detroit's new streetcar, the Q-Line, entered the city core. The line runs just over two miles, and really only serves the immediate part of downtown that has been gentrified with new sports venues and resturants.  

One concerning fact is that in a city of more than 650,000, only 30 people had purchased annual passes a year into its start. Streetcars have seen success in other cities, but Detroit has yet to see that immediate impact.

Lyft Offers U of Texas-Austin Students Free Nighttime Rides

Bryan Carbone's picture

The University of Texas-Austin has implemented the SURE Ride Program transportation provider. This program offers a safe way of getting home at night, with free rides for students and faculty between 11PM and 4AM every day of the week. This program enhances the safety of the campus and is an effective way to prevent harmful events from happening. Students are able to save money and live in a safer environment through Lyft's SURE program. The free ride coverage area is depicted in the image above. 

Marijuana Legalization: The Key to Fixing Crumbling Roads?

Noah Bloom TC's picture

Overview:

In November, Michigan residents will be voting whether to legalize Marijuana in the state; It is expected to pass. I would like to continue the discussion on potholes and road funding, but now zoning in on if this upcoming legislation will help the funding, and what other benefits and risks there are surrounding the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Some figures:

- The Michigan budget is around $57 billion per year

Autonomous Vehicles: Are We Ready?

Noah Bloom TC's picture

Fully autonomous vehicles are in sight, at least according to many auto manufacturers, and Michigan is one of the main testing grounds. As billions of dollars are poured into this innovation, I would like to open up the discussion for how ready we are for these vehicles to hit the road. Would you trust AI and mapping technology to keep you safe? How would this translate in the court room if an autonomous vehicle hit another car? Would it be the responsibility of the driver or the company?

Colorful intersections

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Is this a good idea? What laws would need to change to make these kinds of traffic intersection "mods" permissible and likely to be made in Michigan? What benefits might there be to students in particular?

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