We started a series of posts in January 2013 when some Michigan legislators expressed their opinion that road improvement projects should be the sole recipients of transportation funding. This series has highlighted projects that demonstrate innovate and creative ways cities throughout our state have used transportation enhancement and transportation alternative funding. These TE/TA projects result in safer streets with more people on them, more attractive and socially connected downtowns, and in the end – healthier communities and cities. Let’s Save Michigan believes these are just a few of the many examples that prove the need for continued funding of such projects, and while this series has come to an end, we hope we have built a library that is useful to Michigan advocates for TE/TA ventures.
1. Plainwell Streetscape Enhancements
Plainwell repaired infrastructure along a 2-mile stretch of M-89, as well as enhanced the streetscape of the downtown to make it a vibrant destination.
2. Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to Schools is a pilot program to increase the number or kids walking and biking to school, and to enhance the safety of such alternatives.
3. Water Unpollution
The Saginaw Bay Watershed, which provides water to 1.4 million people, was cleaned of contaminants and restored as a healthy water source.
4. Novi Receives $741,200 towards Metro Connector Rail
Novi receives the funding to go ahead with Phase I of their Metro Connector Rail, providing alternative transportation along Meadowbrook Road.
5. The Life, Death & Life of a Bay City Landmark Helps Revitalize Downtown
Bay City’s Pere Marquette Depot, once abandoned, now beautifully restored, serves as a landmark and a home to local organizations.
6. Benton Harbor Beautification Project
Benton Harbor’s downtown undergoes a revitalization project to repair infrastructure and beautify the area, making it a welcoming destination and a desirable location for business.
7. Grand River Arts Walk a Valuable Corridor for Downtown Jackson
The creation of the Grand River Arts Walk in Jackson, MI highlights the value of corridors in the revitalization of urban centers.
8. Preservation of Face in the Rock
The preservation of an historical landmark tells a unique story of Michigan’s heritage.