My solution is improving way finding signage. There's a lot of options to get in, out and around the city from Corktown but people aren't well versed in existing public transit, bike share scooters etc. to really help residents community members commuters and visitors, I believe the best solution is an holistic one that offers access to all. This includes youth, seniors, people with disabilities etc.
Adding way finding signs throughout the provided footprint will allow people to see the following:
A. Mobility exists in this area
B. Here's what the options are
C. Here's where they go
D. Here's more information to help me find out how.
Adding way finding signs both high and low tech to the area, including outside of major businesses/destinations, at major bus stops, at the MoGo stops and by parking lots can help people at high volume locations and residential destinations. Th high tech signage would include real time data on key locations, will help people learn their options in real time as well as let them know there are options.
This solution will include information on what buses serve the area, what the stops look like, how many bikes are currently docked and the stations, where they are in the area, when the next bus is coming and show a system map. This will also have transit app information, a one stop shop for people to plan trips using their phones. The app is free and includes scooters, MoGo, DDOT, and SMART.
The low tech options can simply be added to street poles directing people to MoGo stations, bus stops, major destinations and neighborhoods.
This addresses the direct problem (seen both at the Ford workshops and throughout) that people do not know where to start when it comes to getting around outside of their cars. People expressed not knowing the routes, or where the stops were and many expressed very dated ideas of public transit in Detroit either not being frequent, not being reliable or simply not existing.
This solution of way finding is flexible, sustainable, and easy to scale. It allows the solution to fit all types of residents, commuters and walks of life and it allows what's already being done with improvements to transit, infrastructure and development to keep happening. It also wouldn't be difficult to keep updated and current. As new mobility options come in to play or route improvements happen, that can be added. If a MoGo station or bus stop moves a block or two, that can be updated as well.