We’ll kick the show off with a rousing discussion about the regional transit master plan just released by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), which, among other things, calls for a Detroit-Ann Arbor rail line with a stop in Ypsilanti, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) between Ann Arbor and Ypsi. Joining us for the segment will be Ben Stupka from the RTA, Gillian Ream Gainsley from the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AATA), and Megan Owens from Transit Riders United. For those of you who haven’t been following the news, here’s a map of the proposed rail and rapid bus lines that will be constructed over the coming years, assuming, of course, that those of us who live in southeast Michigan choose to vote in favor of the proposed transit millage, which is expected to cost the average homeowner approximately $95 per year.

Then, once we’re done talking about regional mass transit, we’ll be joined by University of Michigan art professor Nick Tobier, co-author of the Utopia Toolbox: An Incitement to Radical Creativity, a new anthology of amazing projects, thought provoking observations and artistic prompts intended to inspire those interested in doing things like reclaiming public space, facilitating community dialogue and creating positive change.

And, during our final segment, we’ll be talking politics, music and power tools with singer songwriter Chris Buhalis, who will playing songs off his new record, Big Car Town.utopia_web_image


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