Upstate New York taxi companies bracing for arrival of Uber in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After a long wait, Uber and Lyft are finally coming to Buffalo on June 29. There are a lot of questions about the two ride sharing systems and how they will affect local taxi companies, such as Liberty Yellow Cab, because of their popularity. Airport Taxi is a company that drives customers to and from the Buffalo Niagara Airport and has a contract with the airport to be their sole car service. Now, those flying in and out of Buffalo will have the option to choose between Uber, Lyft and Airport Taxi. To compete with the convenient and popular Uber, Airport Taxi has thought about increasing their advertising and marketing on social media.

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Mixed feelings over Detroit’s new $187 million streetcar

DETROIT — The Motor City’s latest streetcar, the QLine, had its grand opening on May 12, 2017. It was the first time a streetcar rolled down the streets of Downtown in 61 years. Spectators from the city and suburbs alike made their way to the city to be the first to ride the trolley along its 6.6-mile loop. The excitement was shared by Detroit sports teams such as the Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings, who sent representatives to the event. There were giveaways, deals, and musical acts present to entertain the 8,300 trolley-goers.

Traffic jams today, smooth driving tomorrow in Virginia

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. — Virginia is well known for many great things. It is the birthplace of a nation, it is home to the largest naval base in the world, and has mass amounts of fascinting history surrounding it. However, this commonwealth is also known for something not so great: its traffic. Resident of Virginia Beach, Nathan Olle, commented on the traffic issues he faces day to day.

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Road work adds to the headaches of suburban Detroit commuters

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Some say that in Michigan that there are two seasons: winter and construction. There seems to be construction everywhere you turn around the Metro Detroit area. The newest project in the area is the construction on Hall Road or M-59 throughout Macomb County. The project was announced in early February and is said to be a two-year plan to improve road conditions and access to restaurants and businesses.

Where’s CATA in Holt?

An ongoing concern in Holt for residents is the lack of public transportation dependability in the community.The Capital Area Transportation Authority also known as the CATA is the public transit system that operates through Holt. Residents say that they spend hundreds of dollars a month on Ubers, Lyfts, and other forms of transportation. Residents are having several continuing issues with the CATA from there not being enough buses that run through Holt; buses are not getting to the stops on time; and there have been cases where the bus allegedly simply does not show up. Douglas Lecato, CATA Board of Directors Vice Chair for Delhi Township says that he is aware of these issues and that the CATA executive staff along with the board are working to fix these problems as soon as possible by hiring more drivers. According to Jasmine Roy, there is only one bus that comes to Holt which is the #8 Pennsylvania-Holt bus. Roy says that the #8 CATA only goes down some streets and she has had to get off at on stop and almost walk a mile to her destination.

Accidents happen. Even in Lansing Township

With the further advancement of technology, drivers behind the wheel are now more distracted than ever and even in the small community of Lansing Charter Township, accidents happen. According to the Lansing Township’s Citizens Guide and Performance Dashboard, in 2014, there was a total of 469 non-injury crashes, 128 injury crashes and zero fatal crashes. However, Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes said township roads for the most part don’t see a lot of hazardous driving. “In the Lansing area I haven’t seen much of that,” Hayes said in regards to crazy driving. “We do have accidents like every other place but I can’t say with certainty that consistently on x amount of roads here, there are people speeding or driving reckless.

Public safety, public works dominate Lansing’s city budget

Lansing’s current city spending is focused on public safety and public works, according to city budget documents. Public safety gets over $70,000,000 of funding for both the fire and police department; and public works gets a little under the same amount for roads, sewers and recycling. In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the city of Lansing budget had a total of $199.7 million dollars to spread out throughout several different departments. Lansing resident Ciara Johnson found the funding for road work very odd. “I find it very ironic that funding to repair roads gets over $18 million, like you said.