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Jessica Brassard - Michigan Tech
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In Mackinac County, we are forming partnerships with marine services to convert our fleet of ferry boats from diesel to electric drive systems. Opportunities coupled with renewable generation, storage & integration are all on drawing board.
Would like to hear any assistance, support & ideas for these initiatives.
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT’s) new State Long Range Transportation Plan “Michigan Mobility 2045” outlines a specific mobility goal to “Enhance mobility choices for all users of the transportation network through efficient and effective operations and reliable multimodal opportunities”.Objectives and examples include:1) Improving access and connectivity between modes2) Providing accessible and equitable modal options for movement of people3) Mitigate travel delays and alleviate congestion to provide predictable, reliable travel times4) Leverage technology, communications, and management strategies to maximize safety and operational efficiency of existing systems5) Identify redundancy gaps in the network to ensure continued mobility in the event of disaster or other interruptionPlease find MDOT’s State Long Range Plan MM2045 at link: http://www.michiganmobility.org/(For MDOT Upper Peninsula, contact Aaron Johnson, Superior Region Engineer, at email@example.com)
So, our alternative transportation options are a major attraction, as people travel to Mackinac County in part specifically to ditch their cars & utilize alternate modes of transportation, boats, bicycles, horses, etc. The Mackinac Bridge is also Michigan's single largest asset. The 'tunnel' is located here too.
My husband and I moved here precisely for the lifestyle the area offers. We commute with our children in tow on an electric cargo bike. I'd like to see investment in better bike lanes and better intersections. Given the hills here, e-bikes will be a bigger part of the community here.
This is an exciting discussion. Thanks. An opinion piece in the New York Times today promoted “natural infrastructure” with the argument that preserving wild places is as important as roads. The UP is in an ideal position to enhance mobility and wild places simultaneously.
One possible way to start something toward cohesive would be to first connect the public with critical healthcare infrastructure as a model to grow upon. That is, consider mapping the door to door means of getting Vets to the VA in Iron Mountain, out-patients from Houghton to Marquette, and use this "cohesive," planned, and digitized system to develop and proof-out social-business and technology coordination. By supporting human needs for healthcare, grants to support innovation may be possible.
The three regions and UPCAP are working on a nonemergency medical transportation project that includes GIS work showing transit provider service locations, routes, medical facilities, etc.
Well, is the project to convert our fleet of ferry boats from diesel to electric drive systems warrant comment for future work? Opportunities coupled with renewable generation, storage & integration are all on drawing board.
As a cyclist who identifies if a community cares about mobility, I look at the intersections. There are curbs at the intersections crossing HWY 41 going to campus. I can't get my heavy e-bike over them. Then there is the fact that an actual highway runs through campus.If I invited my Madison, WI friends up and they saw a state of the art intersection going to both the high school and the elementary school, they would move up here in a heartbeat.
Students are early adopters of new technology, they have lots of transportation needs, and they have creative solutions.
The Northern Michigan Center for Rural Health serves the entire U.P. region and is located on NMU's campus. Transportation is a social determinant of health on many levels from physical health, behavioral/mental health, oral health, to food insecurity. There may be potential to leverage healthcare funding as a means to reduce social determinants of health and increase access to preventive healthcare. Is this something that MTU is willing to further explore?
The UP energy task force just released its report on the future of energy in the UP (Roman S. from Tech was on the task force).
Energy report: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135--555833--,00.html
'As for electrification of marine fleet, the UP has lots of options for generating electricity locally, whereas diesel fuel comes from...?
Thanks everyone, very interesting!
Thank you, Pasi and all of the panelists for an excellent discussion.
Thank you for the interesting dialog.
Peter Deppe (KUHMUTE)
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Thanks, Pasi and Panelists! Great discussion!
Thanks a lot!