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The Michigan Transportation Odyssey

The first-ever Michigan Transportation Odyssey is a three-day journey that began in Detroit with stops in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids before it finishes up today in Traverse City. Along the way, a group of Trans4M members have been exploring the challenges and opportunities of Michigan’s passenger transportation system.

Their blog has some more detailed thoughts, but weve found that following along at #MIOdyssey through pictures and posts is the best way to get a sense of the state of Michigan’s transportation network.

Here’s a nice recap from mLive of the Odyssey. Read some of our favorite tweets below!

Timothy R. FischerTimothy R. Fischer  @TimothyRFischer The Transportation Odyssey begins: http://mobile.mlive...

Hayley RobertsHayley Roberts  @hayleyscomment Ability to hop off a plane and go straight downtown should be a no-brainer. Would you plan a convention in a city w/o it? #MIOdyssey

Hayley RobertsHayley Roberts  @hayleyscomment @GeoThum SMART crosses the Detroit boundary only during rush hour. So you can go straight from DTW-downtown–but only at two times each day.

Timothy R. FischerTimothy R. Fischer  @TimothyRFischer At Rosa Parks Transit Center, Detroit – @hayleyscomment inquiring about transit passes #MIodyssey http://yfrog.com/oeb01agj

Trans4MTrans4M  @T4Michigan “Let it be known that you can get from the airport to a coney dog within 2 hours.” – @woodwardsfriend #MIOdyssey

Trans4MTrans4M  @T4Michigan Check out @jimbruckb‘s recap of yesterday: http://bit.ly/GGoFPr On#MIOdyssey Day 1, we learned how complex it is to go carless in#Detroit

Allie MuchmoreAllie Muchmore  @alliemuchmore At the @Amtrak #MSU station with The Train Man himself! Ready to#MIOdyssey it up to Kalamazoo then Grand Rapidshttp://pic.twitter.com/UjGAB3du

Hayley RobertsHayley Roberts  @hayleyscomment Boarding our bus to GR, which has its amenities listed in what I consider order of importance: http://twitpic.com/8zv0vb #MIOdyssey

Allie MuchmoreAllie Muchmore  @alliemuchmore #MIOdyssey @indiantrails ticket Kzoo –> GR = $12.10 which = what 2.5 gallons of gas these days? Convenient + cheap!

Timothy R. FischerTimothy R. Fischer  @TimothyRFischer Photo of Battle Creek @Amtrak station reconstruct – Recovery Act $ put to good use #MIodyssey

MyWHaT/G. HoweMyWHaT/G. Howe  @glhjr Kalamazoo transit/Amtrak station Pano #MIodyssey

Jo JelksJo Jelks  @GenXYforMI Blueprint for future Amtrak station #miodyssey http://instagr.am/p/IfY9uPoGwl/

Jo JelksJo Jelks  @GenXYforMI Mayor George Heartwell Transportation Odyssey #miodyssey http://instagr.am/p/IfbgsPIGxd

Trans4MTrans4M  @T4Michigan “How do we make transit relevant to everyone? Make it sexy. Some people have no idea even how to do it or ride.” Dave Engbers of Founders

MyWHaT/G. HoweMyWHaT/G. Howe  @glhjr Transit might never be sexy, but the destinations & people it connects you to can be sexy. Make it sexy. #MIodyssey#Placemaking

James BruckbauerJames Bruckbauer RT @T4Michigan: Miller: it’s too bad we can’t market #transit like we do with a Volvo sedan #miodyssey

Jeff WattrickJeff Wattrick  @woodwardsfriend Fun fact from the #miodyssey Grand Rapids panel, Chicagoland suburbs w/highest property values are served by transit.

Trans4MTrans4M  @T4Michigan Miller: it’s too bad we can’t market transit like we do with a Volvo sedan #miodyssey