Michigan boasts a number of strong sources for sustainable transport news and advocacy, but it doesn't have a site that tries to regularly aggregate them in one place. Until now! Welcome to Transport Michigan's first "Weekly Trackback," brand new for 2011, a complement to the more analytical articles the blog hosts.
The Detroit Free Press calls for increasing the U.S. gas tax, but insists we need a "national transportation policy," one that includes "greater investments in intercity rail and transit systems that relieve congestion, conserve energy, preserve air quality and lower the enormous costs of maintaining and expanding highways." Governor Snyder opposes a Michigan gas tax increase, but as the state's infrastructure crumbles, he's meeting with U.S. transport chief Ray LaHood to seek more cash from the feds.
M-Bike.org writes on partisan politics at the Oakland County Road Commission, where appointments are made on a strictly partisan basis. A major transit foe in the 1970s, it continues to write bicycle lanes out of all transportation projects.
The Jackson Citizen-Patriot reports that the birthplace of the Republican Party is mulling a new intermodal transit center, constructed around its 1873 train station.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, the head of Columbus-based U.S. Railcar calls incoming GOP Governor John Kasich's rejection of $400 million in federal high-speed rail funds "mind-boggling." A pity that Governor-elect Snyder missed his chance to capture that money; instead, it's mostly heading to the coasts.
And finally, the president of Matty Moroun's Detroit International Bridge Co. got thrown in jail by a federal judge. Crossing the law may have consequences after all, but a publicly built second span is still in doubt.