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My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for community members interested in making their neighborhood a more pleasant place to walk.

MDOT will be holding a series of walkability reviews designed to help community officials, business owners and residents learn about the benefits that come with a safe and attractive walking environment.  Pedestrian planning experts from Toole Design Group will lead the each event.  To register, email the contact below no later than Friday, April 4.

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Monday, April 21

Cascade Township

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for packed parking lots and full facilities, as spring break travelers take to the air.

Now through April, the Transportation Security Administration expects longer security lines and is urging passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their departure time.  To speed up the process, the TSA also offers these tips:

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

My Town: Ford Airport to unveil newly redesigned visitor area

My Town: Ford Airport to unveil newly redesigned visitor area

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  Gerald R. Ford International Airport will soon open a new hub for visitors.

The airport will unveil its newly redesigned visitor information area this Friday, March 14.  Ford Airport teamed up with global furniture manufacturer Steelcase and Experience Grand Rapids to create the new center, which features new furniture and technology.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. Friday. 

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

My Town: Bus fire sparks inspections, repairs to Forest Hills fleet

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—Nine Forest Hills school buses that were pulled off the road after a  school bus fire are back in service.

Forest Hills School Superintendent Daniel Behm says the buses were pulled as a precautionary measure, to replace electrical components, which posed a fire hazard. The buses were the same make and model as the bus that caught on fire Nov. 20, 2013.  All of the students and the driver safely escaped the fire, which started in the bus’ engine compartment area.  Two investigations found a failure within the bus’ power distribution module likely caused a short circuit, which led to the fire.  The dealer, Hoekstra Transportation, Inc., replaced all nine of the buses power distribution modules, connection cables and any corroded parts.

My Town Kentwood: TSA expands prescreening option at Ford Airport

My Town Kentwood: TSA expands prescreening option at Ford Airport

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its Pre✓™ option at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Passengers flying on Delta Airlines via Checkpoint A and on Southwest, United and American Airlines via Checkpoint B can now utilize the TSA Pre✓™ program.  It allows pre-approved travelers to leave on their shoes, light outwear and belt and keep their laptop and complaint liquids/gels in their carry-on in select screening lanes.

To become a pre-approved traveler, passengers must go through a pre-enrollment process online at www.TSA.gov and visit an application center to provide personal information, payment and identification papers.  To find an enrollment center, visit the Department of Homeland Security page here.

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

My Town Ada: Phase I of 'Envision Ada' expected to begin this summer

ADA, Mich.—The first stage of Ada Township’s transformation plan is expected to start this summer.

Township Supervisor George Haga says the township is starting to get into the financing aspect of "Envision Ada." He says the plan has been adopted by the Downtown Development Authority, but the township must still go through the master plan process.

The work is expected to begin on Headley Street this summer.  Haga says the township plans to move Headley north and line it with retail buildings.  The old street will be abandoned.

You can find the entire 176 page Envision Ada plan on the township website here.