Speaker Series Tonight: More Transit Please

The Model D Speaker Series is at 5 p.m. today, Oct. 21, at the Russell Industrial Center. Our sign up form is down, but send an e-mail requesting registration to us here.

Speakers will be John Hertel and Scott Clein -- both of whom are working to change the way Detroiters get around. We'll also have time for Q&A, as well as a panel of others working on transit issues.

The event is at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay, in the Motor City Movie House. Find the door marked 1604 Clay, and the elevator operator will take you to the 5th floor. Sign in is at 5 p.m. Presentations start at 5:30. Networking and a reception will follow the hour-long presentation.

Hertel is the local transit czar, and will speak on the the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council's recently released transit plan for Southeastern Michigan, including a light rail or streetcar system down Woodward Avenue.

Clein is an engineer with Giffels-Webster, the firm which recently helped design a non-motorized plan that calls for more than 400 miles of bike lanes in Detroit. The plan recently got approval from Detroit City Council.

The event is sponsored by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Wayne County, the Fusion group of the Detroit Regional Chamber, and Model D, and is graciously being hosted by the Boydell Group and the Russell Industrial Center. And also a big thanks to Paxahau, which is handling the sound.
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