6:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Bicycles Boost Michigan's Economy

The annual Criterium bicycle race at WMU
Credit WMU University Relations

Riding your bike not only keeps you fit. The Michigan Department of Transportation says it also helps pump nearly $670 million into the state’s economy each year.

State transportation officials say that figure includes direct spending on bikes and related equipment of $175 annually; $256 million in reduced health care costs; and $187 million added to the economy because bicyclists take fewer sick days at work

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3:30 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Better "Walkability" Would Make Streets Safer

Dan Burden says more pedestrians and bike riders mean more eyes on motorists, and he says that makes drivers behave better.
KALAMAZOO, MI - Starting with Crosstown Parkway, which he called "bizarre" and moving toward the intersection of Portage and Walnut streets, which will be a gateway to the new Kalamazoo Valley Community College Campus, Dan Burden showed community members how several downtown roads could be adapted to make the area safer and more appealing to residents.
9:49 am
Fri July 25, 2014

More Passengers Choose Kalamazoo's Airport

Airport officials say an improved regional economy is one reason for the third straight monthly increase in passenger numbers.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Passenger traffic rose 12 percent in June at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. According to the airport's market share report for June, there were a total of 24,466 passenger trips to and from the local air terminal, up from 21,888 in May of 2013.
9:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Uber Ridesharing Arrives in Michigan

Ann Arbor officials want Uber to leave their city, saying it unfairly competes against licensed taxi operators.
FLINT, MI -- The popular ridesharing service Uber launched in Flint this week, part of a multi-city Michigan expansion that included Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing. The company announced the expansion Thursday, July 24, on it's website. Now users can use the company's smartphone app to connect with drivers across the city.
2:18 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Passenger Train From Holland to Detroit Studied

Amtrak passenger counts in Michigan have risen significantly in recent years.
LANSING - The Michigan Department of Transportation will study the viability of a passenger railroad line that would connect Holland to Detroit by way of Grand Rapids and Lansing. The rail line may never materialize, but the study is the first official step by the state to create a new rail line connecting Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit.