When I say “called”, I mean “called” from a higher being other than what the Catholic tradition recommends. 😉
The University of Detroit Mercy is part of a consortium of schools that are pooling their researchers and resources. Known as the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (MNTRC) Their goal is to promote the goals of US Department of Transportation (DOT), specifically their goals for safety, maintenance, competitiveness, feasibility, and efficiency, This coalition of schools began as a MDOT competition in 2012, and has since pooled the resources of Bowling Green State; Grand Valley State; Howard University; Penn State; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; San Jose State University; University of Detroit Mercy; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the University of Toledo .(http://transweb.sjsu.edu/mntrc/about.html).
I found it particularly interesting that the research that satisfied the former goals include bicycle and pedestrian issues, environment and land use, and the usages/frequencies of transit users. This consortium is certainly looking beyond the bus schedule!
I am proud of UDM for working with this national group. Michigan has been dominated by the automotive industry for so long that even the Detroit culture is built around cars and personal transportation. I knew that UDM engineers and architects have been working with MDOT for many years to improve the SMART bus transit system, and I’m glad to see that we can share our findings with other university cities, both unique and similar.