During our Feb. 24 show, The Prosperity Agenda discussed the importance of public transportation in our state. Transit experts, developers and government and business leaders from Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor shared their stories and views on transit. View the news advisory about this show. Read more from the League about transit. Show highlights and audio:
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(length - 38:06)
Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, kicks things off by explaining how having improved public transportation will play a key role in revitalizing Michigan.
Dan explains why this show is focusing on transportation
and public transit.
(length - 1:23)
The importance of public transportation: Journalist Jeff Gerritt, award-winning editorial writer for the Detroit Free Press, is the co-host of this show and talks about the history of public transportation in metro Detroit. Did you know Detroit had the first paved highway in the world? Gerritt, who lives in Detroit, discusses how improving public transit leads to a higher quality of life.
Gerritt explains how he lives in Detroit and how many people like him want the urban experience.(length - 7:22)
Transit attracts young people: Oakland County Businessman Alan Kiriluk, founder and chairman of KIRCO, one of the leading real estate organizations in the Midwest. He talks about the need for public transit to retain our young people and create jobs and he doesn’t rule out raising taxes as a funding option.
A little bit of public tax dollars can go along way when it
comes to providing public transportation in communities. (length - 12:06)
Transit and today’s youth: U-M Instructor and Urban Planning expert Peter Allen discusses how young people today rely less on the automobile than did their parents and grandparents. He explains that “trolleys are sexy” to young people and how a commuter rail line from Howell to Ann Arbor to Detroit would be a major boost to Michigan’s economy.
People in every community need to look at what they have in their area that makes for a viable community. Allen also explains today’s young people have a different view of public transportation than their parents and grandparents did. (length - 8:23)
Cooperation is key to success: Don Stypula, executive director of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council, talks about efforts to improve public transportation in Kent and Ottawa Counties. He explains that governmental cooperation is key to having a successful public transit system.
Cooperation among officials in Kent County plays a big role in the public transportation strides made in west Michigan.
(length - 8:26)