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As a longtime resident, and having participated in several community meetings over the years, there are a few that stand out. Let's discuss and get it on paper...I have several ideas!

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

One idea was a hub transportation station to allow parents of multi-age children to get to work on time and the kids to get to and from school.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

The idea seemed to be readily acceptable but is not the only option. Of course, those with children more closely empathized with this idea but many families exist: those with no children but still need to get to and from (work/school/religious ceremonies/grocery shopping/social events) in a timely manner. The basic idea, a transportation hub, can be retrofit to the needs of the communities being served. Our community includes Hubbard-Richard, N. Corktown, and yes, Corktown

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I can work with anyone: ready and willing to partner with the right organization!

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • Yes

Funding Request

  • $200,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

I requested the full amount to show seriousness in needing to account for a physical mode of transportation, extensive surveying of ideas for implementation, hiring of staff to survey/outreach/partner, ongoing discussions for input, any technical needs (up to and including laptops), marketing, and operations/staffing from community residents. If any idea is implemented, we want to be able to do it right the first time so that it becomes self-sustaining.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

1. Extensive surveying in a variety of media (phone, email lists, social media, advertising signage at key targeted places throughout the community where people gather) to determine concentration of needs - seniors, youth, families, single people, and couples; 2. Determine technical requirements to implement a final solution, with the most probability of success, based on community input; 3. Hire appropriate staffing, ranging from volunteers to drivers, to professional staff to manage operations, and use in-kind donations, where necessary and available...partner with others!; 4. Listen to and actively engage with partners to present a united front and to give each a competitive advantage as these ideas can be managed in modules, with each one fully compartmentalized with a single vision. Again, I am willing to partner with any organization ready to get solutions in pkace for implementation.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Develop planned targets and document success. Projects should be iterative and able to adapt quickly should one idea or aspect change, so that another should be able to quickly and seamlessly take its place. This is traditionally thought of as quantitative, but there are qualitative methodologies that bring visions and interest and a more complete analysis towards future efforts and planning efforts.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

If the ideas were implemented, it is quite likely that residents and business owners would be active participants and help to manage and subsidize a community-led effort(s) to revolutionize community transportation modes. These ideas could serve as a national model, bringing other communities the ideas of the greatest minds of Detroit...with a little initial up-front funding from Ford, to do so. The Motor City and Ford would once again be at the forefront of Smart Mobility solutions!

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Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava

Hi Alina, Please take a look at our proposals w.r.t PikMyKid and see if you would like to work with us on this proposal. Our solutions are targetted at the same group. I will be submitting my proposal today for Michigan Central. You can see our other submissions in other cities. We won the Miami challenge and came runners up in Grand Rapids last year. We are pitching this year at Michigan. If interested in working together, Please mail me directly at thanks

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Hi Pat,

I'd love to meet with you and have responded by email. This week is quite busy for me (birthday festivities) but please propose dates/times of availability.

Photo of Alina J Johnson

I did respond but have not heard back, Pat - let me know if there is still interest! Check your email....


Photo of Boratha Tan

Hi Alina J Johnson I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your time to help everyone with their ideas!

Photo of Amy Z

Hi, Alina! Thanks for inspire my contribution. I need a responsible grant writer to partner. Here’s my email: Please shot me an email for further contact! Look forward to hear from you! —Amy Zhou

Photo of Alina J Johnson

Hi Amy,

I'd love to meet with you and have responded by email. This week is quite busy for me (birthday festivities) but please propose dates/times of availability.

Photo of Elizabeth Durden

I'm so in a partnership with you. Yes, yes, yes! I would like to meet! What's your schedule like? email me at

Photo of Alina J Johnson

Hi Elizabeth,

I'd love to meet with you and have responded by email. This week is quite busy for me (birthday festivities) but please propose dates/times of availability.