Discussing the prospect of Ann Arbor – Detroit rail, rummaging through the utopian toolbox with Nick Tobier, and hanging out with musician Chris Buhalis… on this weekend’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack


Guess what, America? The Saturday Six Pack, after a month-long hiatus… which, contrary to what you may have heard, was not imposed by the FCC… is going to be back on the air this weekend. So, if you’ve missed my sexy mumbling voice, punctuated by fits of intense coughing, you only have a few more days left to wait. At 6:00 PM this Saturday evening, I’ll be back on AM 1700, talking with people much brighter than I am about things that, in a perfect world, would matter to everyone.

We’ll kick the show off with a rousing discussion about the regional transit master plan just released by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA), which, among other things, calls for a Detroit-Ann Arbor rail line with a stop in Ypsilanti, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) between Ann Arbor and Ypsi. Joining us for the segment will be Ben Stupka from the RTA, Gillian Ream Gainsley from the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AATA), and Megan Owens from Transit Riders United. For those of you who haven’t been following the news, here’s a map of the proposed rail and rapid bus lines that will be constructed over the coming years, assuming, of course, that those of us who live in southeast Michigan choose to vote in favor of the proposed transit millage, which is expected to cost the average homeowner approximately $95 per year.


[For a larger version of the proposed service map, click here.]

Then, once we’re done talking about regional mass transit, we’ll be joined by University of Michigan art professor Nick Tobier, co-author of the Utopia Toolbox: An Incitement to Radical Creativity, a new anthology of amazing projects, thought provoking observations and artistic prompts intended to inspire those interested in doing things like reclaiming public space, facilitating community dialogue and creating positive change.

And, during our final segment, we’ll be talking politics, music and power tools with singer songwriter Chris Buhalis, who will playing songs off his new record, Big Car Town.

I could say more about all of these folks, but you should really just listen this Saturday evening. It’ll be a good time, I promise.

One last thing… Here’s a video that was recently released by the RTA announcing the new master plan referenced above. If you’ve yet to dig into the plan, it’s a pretty good place to start.


Unless you live inside the AM 1700 studio, chances are you won’t be able to pick the show up on your radio. As that’s the case, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

Oh, and if you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing.

And, here, thanks to AM 1700 senior graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print copies and leave them at one of your favorite highway rest areas.


And do call us if you have a chance. We love phone calls. So please copy down this number and slide it into your sock – 734.217.8624 – and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening. The show is nothing without you.

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  1. Patrick Dunn
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Whoa. Some damn good people in that lineup.

  2. 734
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Chris used to play the Tap Room back in the day. I’m sure he’s got some good Ypsi stories.

  3. anonymous
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    If the millage passes and the RTA gets the money, will some of it come to Ypsi for the building of a station, or will we have to find the funds to build one ourselves?

  4. ALERT!
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Chris is playing for free today at 6:00 as apart of Ann Arbor’s Summer Festival.


  5. Lee K.
    Posted June 10, 2016 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard that rail service connecting Ann Arbor and Detroit wouldn’t start for five years. Can you ask why that is?

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