Alternatives in Motion

Guests from Alternatives in Motion stop by to share their happening and talk about their progress oin securing a van.

John Austin,

The world is experiencing a new industrial transformation. A new report by the Michigan Economic Center says the state is positioned to grow hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of new jobs. WGVU talks with the report’s lead author about how Michigan can be a leader in emerging sectors.

“We benefited and helped lead one economic transformation, the great industrial economy.”

John Austin is Director of the Michigan Economic Center and lead author of a new report, “Jobs, Michigan, and Leadership in the Economy of Tomorrow”

Monthly guests from GVSU's College of Health Professions present local information, today's topic, the Grand Valley Power Mobility Project with principal investigators joining in.

Rapid Silver Line bus

Grand Rapids officials are laying the groundwork for a larger, multi-modal transportation future. Part of that work involves extending available mass transit options. 

Grand Rapids mobility manager Josh Naramore tells WGVU more about a proposed free Silver Line pilot program, and how that fits into city transportation goals.

Rapid Silver Line bus

The city of Grand Rapids and other agencies are laying the groundwork for a larger pivot into ‘multi-modal’ transportation.

“The idea is that we can almost double the amount of folks that are coming into downtown, other than single-occupant vehicle, or drive-alone trips.”

Josh Naramore is the parking and mobility manager for the city of Grand Rapids. He says they want to shift the conversation from downtown traffic - and trouble parking - to transportation alternatives.

Those living, working or visiting downtown Grand Rapids may pay more for parking this year.

The proposal includes across-the-board increases to pricing for short and long-term parking city-owned lots, metered spaces and special event pricing.

In some places, it’s up to double current rates - in the case of a lost ticket fee for the Cherry Commerce Ramp, the cost more than triples from $7 to $24.

Officials call it "demand based pricing", and it comes with an increase of support to other forms of transportation.

Alternatives in Motion

Alternatives in Motion relies on donations of new and gently used mobility equipment. A one of a kind wheelchair donation and refurbishment program, AIM gives the Gift of Mobility to individuals and families in need. We talk about a 5k run that will raise funds for this necessary cause.  CEO Coleen Davis and GVSU Students Wes Barger and Katharine Cline join us.

Senior Concerns

Nov 18, 2015

Senior Concerns, every month talking about a topic related to the aged with guests from the Area Agency on Aging West Michigan.  We talk about RideLink today with Meegan Joyce and Joan Konyndyk.