Posts Tagged ‘Transportation for America’

T4America hiring a Michigan Field Organizer

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Transportation for AmericaThe Transportation for America (T4A) Campaign is seeking a smart and motivated Michigan Field Organizer to direct the development of a diverse coalition of prominent state and local organizations working in key regions of Michigan to reform federal transportation policy.

The Michigan Field Organizer will report to the T4A Campaign Field Director in Washington DC and will be housed in the Michigan Environmental Council offices in Lansing, MI. The successful applicant will work closely with the existing Michigan transportation reform network to expand the coalition, build leadership, and meet local capacity-building goals.

  • This is a full-time position with some work on nights and weekends required.
  • Experience managing field operations and coalition organizing on a political or issue campaign is a MUST.
  • Candidate must be available for travel on a frequent basis throughout MI and to Washington, DC.
  • Strong applicants will be dynamic individuals who are prepared to speak to diverse audiences and organize events for NGOs, business leaders, and elected officials.
  • This position requires a self-motivated and detail-oriented person with excellent organizational skills.
  • The ideal candidate will possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and will fulfill responsibilities with minimal supervision.

To find out more about Transportation for America please visit our website,, where you can read about us and view our partners.

Link: T4America Michigan Job Description

Does your commute suck?

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

My Commute sucksTom Greenwood wrote a Detroit News column earlier this month that highlighted a new web site called where commuters can report how good or bad their commute is.

Like most Metro Detroiters, Greenwood is often blinded by auto-centrism. In other words, the transportation options on the other side of the windshield are rarely recognized or understood.

For example, I don’t think he understands that non-auto commuting can provide additional simultaneous benefits. Sure, the San Francisco woman has a 90 minute round trip commute, however that also includes 40 minutes of exercise, time to relax, grab some food, read the paper, and apparently socialize.

Another factor rarely considered when compared commute modes is cost. As an example, for me, biking three miles into downtown Royal Oak takes about 5 minutes longer than driving. However, I need to work about 6 minutes to cover the added vehicle and parking costs. In effect, biking is slightly quicker, but especially once I include the time to find a parking space.

Also, based on his column, I don’t think Mr. Greenwood realizes that the group behind this web site, Transportation for America, is pushing for a new federal transportation bill that reduces auto dependence while increasing other options such as biking and mass transit.

Our congested roads have lanes added to them – yet promptly fill up again. More and more people are riding the train and bus, yet service is being cut. Biking has never been more popular, but it seems our streets have never been more difficult or dangerous to use.

I think that just put a crack in the windshield…