For anyone who has been to the Lansing/East Lansing area, you know that Michigan and Grand River avenues act as the main corridor through both cities. So when it comes to transportation it makes sense to think regionally and an effort is currently underway to help shape the future of the Michigan/Grand River corridor
. The "Michigan/Grand River Avenue Transportation Study"
is being led by the Capital Area Transportation Authority who has partnered with area communities to study the possibility of major improvements to the corridor. Kudo's to CATA and these communities for thinking regionally about transportation needs. It falls right in line with the current discussion on the federal level, about the future of transportation funding. I've said it before and I'll keep saying it -- it's important for local officials to understand that the funding programs, especially on the federal level are going to being to look more favorably on those communities that think and act regionally about transportation, land use and economic development. Are you in the game? Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. You can contact him at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.