Streetcar Solution?

Maxwell Youtie's picture

Over the weekend I was in Toronto and noticed a very interesting transportation method. The streetcar! All throughout the city of Toronto there were streetcars fully packed with riders going from one location to anther. This led me to buy a ticket and use it during Saturday. I found it very useful, easy, and convenient for me to navigate the city and make it to my ideal destinations on time. My amazing experience led me to look into their current usage and possible expansion in Michigan. 

Another Uber Incident

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Another incident with an Uber driver and passengers occurred on November 10th, 2017. Uber driver Christopher Raynon Johnson was arrested for pulling a gun on his passengers.

Biker Safety

Glen Stegman TC's picture

I grew up in a small town in New Jersey where I would often bike from place to place. I would always wear a helmet because if I did not then I would be in serious trouble with both my parents and the law. All of my friends wore helmets as well, which was definitely an encouragement of why I did not have any urge to break this rule. It was as if wearing a helmet was the norm of our town and if you did not then something was clearly wrong. I believe that this norm resulted in a large part because of a law that stated that if you were under 17 you were required to wear a helmet.

Michigan's Poor Road Conditions

Jenna Kravitz's picture

According to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council: “17% of the state’s roads are considered to be in good shape, 45% are in fair condition and 38% are considered to be in poor shape” (in 2014). Moreover, from 2010-2015, more roads declined in condition, than the number that improved. From personal experience driving on them, to date it seems as if the majority of roads in Ann Arbor are in poor shape.

Influence of Autonomous Vehicles on Detroit Traffic

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Hi everyone,

Building off of Glen's discussion "Detroit Traffic" from three weeks ago, I highly suggest the caucus to read the article below (published in November 2017):

http://www.detroitdriven.us/features/smart-infrastructure-launch.aspx

It's about cities in metro Detroit planning for the implementation of autonomous vehicles. To add to the discussion of traffic in Detroit, I'd like to bring up a point about how autonomous vehicles may positively change the traffic situation.

Electric Cars

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Detroit is one of the auto capitals in the world and with electric cars emerging the state of Michigan can be extremely affected by the change in transportation. Electric cars are still serving the same primary purpose as gas cars do, but their impact and costs are extremely different. Electric cars are helping to reduce the risk of global warming because they do not pollute the environment as much as gas cars and are also less expensive to operate and maintain.

The Walking Man

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Just before Michigan resident James Robertson won the lottery, he used to walk 21-miles to and from work every single day. Robertson, known as “the Walking Man”, no longer fits his reputation anymore and actually purchased car to drive himself to work every day. Currently, he drives a 2015 Ford Taraus as he feels like that specific car is representative of himself in the fact that it’s simple, just like he is.

Detroit Traffic

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Detroit is rated the number 24 city in the country for having the worst traffic congestion. Furthermore, drivers in Detroit spend over 33.5 hours in traffic a year, resulting in over 6% of their time on the road is in traffic. Drivers often have many delays and are often late for important meetings, work, events, etc. because of how much traffic there is.

School Transportation

Jackie Tsontakis's picture

As we know from previous discussions in this class, Michigan has been struggling with education funding. With these struggles, comes the need to close down underperforming schools. A consequence of closing down schools is forcing parents to find a new school for their children to attend, which will likely be much further away from the initial school location. This leads to an issue when it comes to getting students to school, especially when their parents are working full time and might not have the means to pay for an alternate transportation method. 

Wayne State Student Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver

Glen Stegman TC's picture

A 21-year-old female student from Wayne State University was picked up by a 29-year-old male uber driver at around 5:45pm during early September of 2017. The passenger was driven to a location nearby where the driver sexually assaulted her. Luckily, the passenger was able to escape the car when the driver had to stop at a stop sign. The driver turned himself in shortly after the incident and immediately lost access to the Uber platform. 

Streetcar Solution?

Maxwell Youtie's picture

Over the weekend I was in Toronto and noticed a very interesting transportation method. The streetcar! All throughout the city of Toronto there were streetcars fully packed with riders going from one location to anther. This led me to buy a ticket and use it during Saturday. I found it very useful, easy, and convenient for me to navigate the city and make it to my ideal destinations on time. My amazing experience led me to look into their current usage and possible expansion in Michigan. 

Another Uber Incident

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Another incident with an Uber driver and passengers occurred on November 10th, 2017. Uber driver Christopher Raynon Johnson was arrested for pulling a gun on his passengers.

Biker Safety

Glen Stegman TC's picture

I grew up in a small town in New Jersey where I would often bike from place to place. I would always wear a helmet because if I did not then I would be in serious trouble with both my parents and the law. All of my friends wore helmets as well, which was definitely an encouragement of why I did not have any urge to break this rule. It was as if wearing a helmet was the norm of our town and if you did not then something was clearly wrong. I believe that this norm resulted in a large part because of a law that stated that if you were under 17 you were required to wear a helmet.

Michigan's Poor Road Conditions

Jenna Kravitz's picture

According to the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council: “17% of the state’s roads are considered to be in good shape, 45% are in fair condition and 38% are considered to be in poor shape” (in 2014). Moreover, from 2010-2015, more roads declined in condition, than the number that improved. From personal experience driving on them, to date it seems as if the majority of roads in Ann Arbor are in poor shape.

Influence of Autonomous Vehicles on Detroit Traffic

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Hi everyone,

Building off of Glen's discussion "Detroit Traffic" from three weeks ago, I highly suggest the caucus to read the article below (published in November 2017):

http://www.detroitdriven.us/features/smart-infrastructure-launch.aspx

It's about cities in metro Detroit planning for the implementation of autonomous vehicles. To add to the discussion of traffic in Detroit, I'd like to bring up a point about how autonomous vehicles may positively change the traffic situation.

Electric Cars

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Detroit is one of the auto capitals in the world and with electric cars emerging the state of Michigan can be extremely affected by the change in transportation. Electric cars are still serving the same primary purpose as gas cars do, but their impact and costs are extremely different. Electric cars are helping to reduce the risk of global warming because they do not pollute the environment as much as gas cars and are also less expensive to operate and maintain.

The Walking Man

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Just before Michigan resident James Robertson won the lottery, he used to walk 21-miles to and from work every single day. Robertson, known as “the Walking Man”, no longer fits his reputation anymore and actually purchased car to drive himself to work every day. Currently, he drives a 2015 Ford Taraus as he feels like that specific car is representative of himself in the fact that it’s simple, just like he is.

Detroit Traffic

Glen Stegman TC's picture

Detroit is rated the number 24 city in the country for having the worst traffic congestion. Furthermore, drivers in Detroit spend over 33.5 hours in traffic a year, resulting in over 6% of their time on the road is in traffic. Drivers often have many delays and are often late for important meetings, work, events, etc. because of how much traffic there is.

School Transportation

Jackie Tsontakis's picture

As we know from previous discussions in this class, Michigan has been struggling with education funding. With these struggles, comes the need to close down underperforming schools. A consequence of closing down schools is forcing parents to find a new school for their children to attend, which will likely be much further away from the initial school location. This leads to an issue when it comes to getting students to school, especially when their parents are working full time and might not have the means to pay for an alternate transportation method. 

Wayne State Student Sexually Assaulted by Uber Driver

Glen Stegman TC's picture

A 21-year-old female student from Wayne State University was picked up by a 29-year-old male uber driver at around 5:45pm during early September of 2017. The passenger was driven to a location nearby where the driver sexually assaulted her. Luckily, the passenger was able to escape the car when the driver had to stop at a stop sign. The driver turned himself in shortly after the incident and immediately lost access to the Uber platform. 

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