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Ann Arbor could become testing ground for network of driverless cars

By Chris McCahill While driverless cars seem to be a technological reality thanks to innovative leaders at Google, questions still remain as to their implementation and practicality. Researchers at University of Michigan hope to answer these questions by launching a citywide network of shared

The winding road to self-driving cars

By Bill Holloway This spring, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a policy statement on automated vehicles, which offers guidance for states that are considering authorizing tests of driverless vehicles. It outlines NHTSA’s research program and provides an overview of

Michigan voters give green light to new bridge to Ontario

By Mary Ebeling There is an established need to address traffic congestion and improve operations at the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario, Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River – the busiest international border crossing in North America. Efforts to replace the bridge, or add a sister

Transportation, Mobility, and Older Adults in Rural Michigan (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute Behavioral Sciences Group, 2012)

Mobility, or the ability to get from place to place, is important for everyone. Mobility enables people to conduct the activities of daily life, stay socially connected with their world, participate in activities that make life enjoyable, and maintain their quality of life. In the United States

Michigan Odyssey reveals transit realities

By Robbie Webber  In late March, 15 transportation advocates embarked on a cross-state trip of Michigan using only transit: local and regional buses, Amtrak, light rail, etc. They started at the Detroit airport and traveled into downtown Detroit for meetings. As noted by author Tom Clynes,

Michigan DOT takes control of public-private bridge project

A decades-long plan to connect the Ambassador Bridge, one of the most important U.S.-Canada crossings, to U.S. interstates is on a fast track after a judge sided with Michigan DOT over its erstwhile private partner in the $230 million project. The bridge is privately owned by local billionaire

Michigan-Chicago route gains 110 mph passenger rail, and other Midwest states seem eager to follow

Last week, Amtrak service in western Michigan and northern Indiana reached speeds of 110 miles per hour, marking the first expansion of regional high-speed rail in the U.S. outside of the northeast corridor. The speeds were achieved on an 80-mile stretch of track between Kalamazoo, Michigan and

New performance dashboards released in Massachusetts and Michigan

Two new performance measure systems went live in January in Massachusetts and Michigan (both SSTI states.) The systems aim to summarize state DOT-level measures, though one was developed independently of the state DOT and the other came from within. In Massachusetts, the Boston-based Pioneer

The high speed rail quandry

The future of high speed rail in America continues to be uncertain. Before a last minute vote by a senate committee to restore $100 million for the program, Congress was ready to vote in September to cut all funding for high speed rail programs. But this is only a fraction of the $2 billion a

TRB webinar on climate change adaptation features California and Michigan DOTs

“State departments of transportation are modifying their planning efforts and practices to adapt to the effects of climate change on facilities and operations. Transportation providers are seeking to learn what other states and regions are doing to address these issues. This webinar is the