The Grand Rapids East/West Metrorail System Demonstration Asset (EWMDA) proposal is an instrument to not only build the community dialogue and consensus required to obtain the multi-billions of dollars in Federal, State, County, Municipal and Private funding for bringing it into reality but also to utilize it as an innovative teaching opportunity; one that supports the efforts of the Youth Urban Media Education Initiative (YUMEI) to establish Metro Grand Rapids as a hub of TruthSeeking/TruthSaying media production and as a central media production support hub for America's national media hubs at New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.
The EWMDA proposal aims to bring together the public high school students of YUMEI's Youth Correspondents Corps (YCC) program to strengthen their media production skills training; a strengthening expedited by way of their video-documenting the work of a Consortium of Grand Rapids Area Collegiate Engineering Programs (GRACEP) students to design the 3-D computer On-Ride Point-Of-View (POV) and Off-Ride POV simulations of the 21-mile East/West Metrorail system and its 19 stations and the adjacent environs that will interact with them.
Creating an indispensable transit system that will improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of Metro Grand Rapids requires a world-class plan that reflects "thinking outside the box" and that addresses providing a majority of residents/visitors with seamless intermodal access to a majority of the region's super-regional destinations; movement with maximum independence, maximum convenience/time savings and maximum personal affordability. The EWMDA proposal provides the innovative keys for attaining these critical demands and more by way of 1] providing a fast-tracking of the normally lengthy process of attaining the funds for creating the requisite demonstration asset for a transit system of this proposal's magnitude, 2] providing a significantly more cost-effective mode for creating the demonstration asset (i.e. - CoT's $100,000 award compared to the $250,000+ fee normally charged by a traditional transit planning consultant) for those that are concerned with cost and 3] providing the opportunity to collaborate with and to strengthen the YUMEI agenda of establishing Metro Grand Rapids as a media production support hub for America's four (4) primary media hubs while it produces a reliable national repository of media savvy and beneficent Young Leaders of Tomorrow. Multiple beneficial birds for the price of one is ALWAYS the better option.
[NOTE: in the interest of transparency and the diligent work to preserve new initiatives associated with YUMEI - like the Ford CoT EWMDA proposal - please be aware that Grand Valley State University-School of Engineering (GVSU-SoE) announced on 9/28/2018 that it discovered their involvement "with the actual organizers" of CoT and could not be involved as the collegiate collaborator of the EWMDA submission.
To positively circumvent such an 11th hour misfortune as well as to maintain the momentum growing around the YUMEI Agenda, MBEI has re-engaged earlier outreach to the other remaining GRACEP institutions to fill the void created by GVSU-SoE's need for collaborative recusal.]