Council Member Scott Benson Chairperson
Welcome and Call To Order 3:10
Introductions and attendance
Irma Blue Green Infrastructure:
Michelle from the planning department gave the presentation discussing the framework in which funds will be available
Created a water agenda approved through city council through 2012 – looking at meeting those recommendations; started analysis with 30 minutes allotted in each meeting
Their next meeting will be held in November
Moving forward with student engagement project – they want to implement a poster contest in spring 2018
(A) Garry Bullock, Office of Mobility, City of Detroit
Participated in the last Smart Cities Challenge and it was sited that there was a need in public transit. The application asked whose job is it to look at this on a regular basis.
Smart signals do not rest in just one department, so the new Office of Mobility, made of 2 staff with 2 more on the way, are now responsible for preparing the city for it’s infrastructure needs and implementing MOGO and other transportation and how to create a tool-kit of options that flows well together.
In most places, buses are a main source of transit, so the city is looking at changing the perception of buses in the city.
Mobility is the lifeblood of every city – bikes, Q-Lines
Highlighted Challenges and Opportunities:
Detroit has the largest area in the U.S. without regional transit
Low vehicle ownership
Highest rates the the country of: insurance traffic fatalities, regional job dispersion
Epicenter of the Auto industry
Research institutions are cultivating a strong pipeline of technical talent and industry investment
Public and private stake holders are investing in testing and deployment infrastructure
Detroit has …
# Year effort to fundamentally transform mobility in Detroit across three key areas
Mobility Service: Transforming all aspects of how people get around Detroit
Building streets that are walkable and bike able for everyone.
Create an environment for Detroit to be the global epicenter for mobility innovation
Detroit is home to a 21st century mobility system that fully integrates traditional public transit with new mobility technologies and services.
service is supported by a world class street network and supports the growth of the mobility innovation industry.
PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ACROSS ALL ASPECTS WITH INCREASED FOCUS ON INNOVATION AND INDUSTRY CONNECTIVITY
Launch and iterate
restoring 24 hour DDOT Service and higher freq. routes
Launching 2 pilots to support workforce training and supplement late-night DDOT service
Developing 20 miles of protected bike lanes and reclaiming street space
Aligning City/Regiion mobility efforts and cultivating job-creating business attraction deals
Phase 2 (2017)
Deploy & evaluate
Develop industry-connected mobility pilot program with BCG with
Phase 3 (2018-19)
Implement and integrate
He has slides available for those who would desire them.
Q- PETE – People mover – up until Q1 was built was designed to pick up passengers from the high-speed lines; with Q1, it’s the first of the lines to actually intersect with the PM – Does anyone know who is going to be responsible for the snow removal and safety between the transportation
A- Q-Line does theirs and Public Works will be responsible for the same.
How do you see the plan as being comprehensible
More in depth presentations will be created for council.
Planning and development stages.
There is a problem for senior transportation, Council President asked about the Seniors.
Part of the research with U of M talking to neighborhoods to find the best solution for this,
then identify resources and have a program for perhaps small bus transport.
They are looking at density/cost situations.
Q. – Obstacles for some situations is that employers are requiring drivers licenses.
- – Talking to employers about increasing frequency and employer partnerships to make sure the employers understand that buses are a viable option so they don’t require a license.
The city requests that departments help each other solve issues.
Greenways statement – Electric bikes are becoming a big thing, so it may be an option for the city to take advantage.
A. – Joel Howrani Heeres is working with them win this arena as well.
Statement – we can’t ignore the street repairs due to the concept of everyone having a smart car.
Q. – Larsen – Have you thought about working with other departments on the opportunity to work with other departments on the sustainability issues like stormwater management?
A. – They are doing that now around the 6 Mile area, as well as bringing awareness to bikes and zip cars.
Q. – Irma – Are you part of the workgroup for green infrastructure?
- – No
Statement – In may be a good place for the department to make a difference.
Q. – Mentions movie Solar Freakin’ Highways – is this viable?
A. buy Greenways – Ultimately the physics do not work for this. Bike path in Netherlands that was millions of dollars that is only a few hundred feet that only charges a few homes.
Benson – Introductions for those who came in late:
Michelle Jackson – Sustain
Kendal – City of Detroit
Diane Van Buren – Co chair Renewable Energy Sub-committee
(B) Ben Dueweke – Engineer at Walk-Miller energy Services who sits on the Renewable Energy Sub-Committee to talk of the Green Solar Tour
Shows Green Map – connecting businesses in the community to create connectivity of businesses.
American Solar Energy (something) does this Tour
www.detroitgreenmap.com/detsolartour/ has the tour information from last year
After actual tour, the site just exsisted, he started talking to more people and decided it could be used as more of a tool to educate.
Brought it up to the RE Sub-committee.
THE 2ND SOLAR TOUR IS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT 10 A.M. CHECK SITE
IBEW 58 is now a net zero as of 2016 175 kw array is shown on the site.
Looking for more suggestions, so he put in a site form on the page.