While the powers-that-be continue to draw lines in their little sand
boxes regarding the future of transit in Southeast Michigan, some
hopeful signs continue to rear their pretty heads around town.
Metromode heard from upstart The Night Move
not too long ago, when the dedicated Woodward Corridor bus shuttle was the subject of a guest blog
by Chris Ramos, its founder, and Jennifer Harlan, its marketing director.
you read it, you already know that the service runs between Royal Oak
and downtown Detroit with a stop in Ferndale -- with the intent of
transporting young professional between the places they tend to live
and seek entertainment.
The kicker is that the shuttle bus runs on biodiesel
This already cool service has just amped it up a notch by connecting with Michigan
and the Detroit People Mover
to extend the system's -- and yes, this is a kind of transit system, folks -- reach.
Move riders can get free DPM tokens from their driver, which gets them
onto the downtown loop just steps from the shuttle's drop-off point in
On the other end, Night Movers can get discounted cab
rides from Michigan Green Cabs -- which boasts the area's first
While far short of a viable transit system
in Metro Detroit, this kind of thing is encouraging on many levels:
environmentally, regionally, entrepreneurially...
system-extender worth mentioning is that the Detroit Department of
Transportation just got a state grant that will allow it to phase in
bike racks on all its buses over the next three years. And SMART will
be upgrading theirs to enable them to hold three bikes as opposed to
Good stuff, all. Now how about that light rail?
Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh