“I cannot walk three hours in the dark…for the little bit of money that I make,” says one Detroit bus rider. And that situation precedes the latest round of DDOT cuts.
The state Complete Streets Advisory Council held its first meeting. A member of the Michigan Transportation Commission asks if snowmobiles should be included in the discussion, and suggests that pedestrians and bicyclists should bear “their portion of the cost” of facilities. If only motorists would do likewise.
The Free Press observes that a peculiar local belief in the Grand Rapids area – that the entire metropolis will rise or fall with its central city – means that the modestly sized city will be getting rapid transit before Detroit, where suburban leaders maintain a can’t-get-enough attitude towards sprawl.