Sunday, September 23, 2012
Some of the hundreds of books will also stock the shelves at the Farmington Community Library Friends book sale.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Families who enjoyed an entertaining night Aug. 8 in downtown Farmington also helped to "stuff a bus" with books that will promote the love of reading on many fronts. At the Family Fun in Riley Park show featuring Kevin Kammeraad, SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) and the Farmington Community Library invited patrons to bring new or gently used books to help stuff a bus. The initiative was sponsored by SMART, and benefited the library. The Farmington Friends of the Library collected over 1,700 books, nearly half of them were brought to the concert. The other books were delivered to the collection boxes at both branches. “What a great evening and a wonderful setting for all of us to promote our services, and …
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Two millage proposals will appear on the Aug. 7 ballots of all Oakland County voters.
After Oakland County voters have nominated their picks for local, county and state office Aug. 7, they will be asked to vote on two countywide millage proposals. SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) and Oakland County Art Institute Authority are both asking for tax dollars. SMART's .59 mills is up for a two-year renewal, while the art institute millage is a new tax that would benefit the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) for 10 years. Although the top portion of the primary ballot is partisan, meaning voters must select all Republican or all Democratic candidates, the proposal section is separate. Even if a voter accidentally splits his or her ticket, thus invalidating the partisan portion, the proposals' section …
Friday, March 16, 2012
Dial-A-Ride service will be available within Farmington and Farmington Hills, and a connector will take riders to select Novi and Livonia locations.
Starting Monday, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) will introduce its new Dial-A-Ride service in Farmington and Farmington Hills. SMART officials promised the service after both Farmington Hills and Farmington city councils came close to opting out of the authority. Hills officials narrowly voted down an opt out resolution in January. Farmington officials approved an opt out measure that same month, but reversed their decision on Jan. 30, based in part on the Dial-A-Ride offer. The same-day service will use smaller SMART buses in both communities, operating Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dial-A-Ride cash-only fares are $2, or $1 for persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Local riders …
Friday, February 10, 2012
R-PATH group stresses the need for a regional transit authority.
Friday, February 10, 2012
As a group dedicated to transforming and improving the mass transit landscape of the metro-Detroit area, Regional Partners Advocating Transit Here (R-PATH) applauds Governor Rick Snyder’s willingness to champion the need for a viable mass transit system in metro-Detroit. It is R-PATH’s goal to focus on the broader discussion and continue engaging public officials in useful dialogue that moves forward in favor of a comprehensive regional transit plan for our area. We, as a group of city and county legislators working with day-to-day issues affecting southeast Michigan, recognize that the need for access to reliable transportation affects us all. The issue crosses generational, socio-economic and racial boundaries, as well as city and county…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A surprising decision comes through a continuing conversation.
I've been watching city councils for more than 20 years, and I've never seen a group of elected officials do what Farmington city council members did Monday night. At a special meeting called late last week, officials reversed a Jan. 17 vote to opt out of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). After moving to reconsider their vote, they passed a resolution on the advice of city attorney Thomas Schulz, declaring their intent to remain with SMART. Just in case anyone had any doubts about where they now stand. A few things have happened since Jan. 17 that likely affected their decision. Farmington Hills council's decision to stay with SMART dissolved any hope of joining forces to build a two-city transit …
Students from the Farmington Hills school follow an issue that affects their lives and become advocates.
The happiest faces in Farmington city council chambers Monday night were those of five students from Visions Unlimited, a special education program for young adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Students grinned broadly as officials reversed their Jan. 17 decision to opt out of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) bus system. Despite learning about the meeting at 3 p.m., the students arrived at city hall in time for the 7 p.m. meeting. Students rely on SMART buses to provide transportation for field trips and programs that help them become more self-reliant. Principal Bonnie James and John Waterman, executive director of PEAC (Programs to Educate All Cyclists), which serves Visions students…
Monday, January 30, 2012
Farmington city council meets tonight to talk again about regional bus service.
We may get a little more snow today, but it may not last for long. Here's what else you should know today: There's a 40 percent chance that we'll get a little more snow today, after 11 a.m. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a high around 35 and a low of 33, with a slight chance of rain and drizzle tonight. Farmington officials will meet at 7 p.m. today to talk more about their vote to opt out of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). The agenda also includes a discussion about rescheduling a Feb. 20 meeting, along with a time for public comment. Farmington Schools parents are invited to a learning session with school psychologist Todd Symington that will focus on the district's Positive Behavior …
Friday, January 27, 2012
City manager Vince Pastue expects dialogue regarding the decision to leave the regional transit authority.
Farmington city council will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, with a recent vote to leave the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) on their agenda. City manager Vince Pastue said the meeting was called in light of "some additional commitments" from SMART. He said representatives from the authority may attend the meeting. Council members voted 3-1 Jan. 17 in favor of an "opt out" resolution, with Mayor Tom Buck absent. At the meeting, SMART officials said three, 14-passenger vehicles could provide a "dial-a-ride" kind of service for residents, to make up for a route eliminated late last year. The same service has been offered to the City of Farmington Hills, where a similar resolution failed on a 4-3 …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Officials agree the regional transit system needs improvements.
After hours of public discussion that continued into the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Farmington Hills city council members voted down a resolution to opt out of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART). While officials split 4-3 on the resolution, everyone agreed SMART service needs some serious improvements. Mayor Barry Brickner and council members Cheryl Oliverio, Randy Bruce and Michael Bridges opposed the resolution; council members Richard Lerner and Ken Massey, and Mayor Pro Tem Nancy Bates voted for it. Residents filled every chair and stood along the back wall of the council chamber for most of the meeting, although some who filled out comment cards left before their names were called. The majority who …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Officials will also hold a public hearing for a housing development on the south side of Nine Mile Rd., between Halsted and I-275.
Farmington Hills city council members will discuss options for public transportation during their regular meeting, held today at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at city hall. Officials have until the end of the month to decide whether to stay with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) system or strike out on their own. If officials want to opt out of SMART, they have to pass a resolution by Jan. 31. No resolution is required if they decide to remain with the regional system. According to information provided in tonight's council agenda packet, which is attached to this post, SMART currently operates five bus routes in Farmington Hills and park and ride service at Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge campus …