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Transportation Program Manager

getDowntown Survey
Phone: (734) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Michigan , United States
328 S. Fifth Ave.
Ann Arbor , Michigan 48104
United States

Company Description: The getDowntown Program is a resource on commuting options for all downtown Ann Arbor employees. We are here to assist you in anyway that we can! Here are just a...   more

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Staff & Board | About Us | Get Downtown, 4 July 2015 [cached]
Eli Cooper, A.I.C.P., Transportation Program Manager for the City of Ann Arbor
Eli is responsible for citywide transportation planning and project programming.
About Us - getDowntown, 29 Sept 2012 [cached]
Eli Cooper, A.I.C.P., Transportation Program Manager for the City of Ann Arbor Eli is responsible for citywide transportation planning and project programming.
Board of Directors | Leadership | About Us | AATA - Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, 4 Mar 2015 [cached]
Board Treasurer: Eli Cooper
Eli Cooper
Eli Cooper said he ..., 22 May 2014 [cached]
Eli Cooper said he was reminded of a conversation of an even larger opportunity at that location, where the AATA was looking to expand to include the Fifth and William parcel - the site of the former YMCA building. [It's now owned by the city and used as a surface parking lot.] That project failed for a variety of reasons, Cooper said. The current proposal looks like it has a number of challenges, he said. The reinforcement of the foundations to allow for just two additional levels was a concern for Cooper. The matter-of-right development allowed by the D1 zoning for the area was not just the 400% floor-area-ratio (FAR) that the two additional stories would yield, but rather the higher-density 700%, Cooper observed.
A response from Nacht described the possibility of eventually combining the new BTC building with a future development on what is now a surface parking lot at Fifth and Division. [But Cooper's point - that the AATA was not thinking of the largest possible option allowed under city zoning - seemed to elude Nacht and other board members.] Cooper reiterated that he wanted to make sure that the AATA was maximizing the potential of the site.
Cooper also wanted to know how space in the new building was allocated: staff use compared to rider use.
Jesse Bernstein responded to Cooper by recalling how the public meetings had included questioning of the need for so many staff restrooms.
Cooper ventured it's not an issue of the operators' needs. But in doubling the size of building, in the context of a tight budget time, he wondered about the inclusion of a secondary dispatch center contrasted with "significant elements for the benefit of our customers. Real-time information is simply an expectation at a modern transit center, Cooper said.
Eli Cooper was particularly sensitive to the process that has more than doubled in price - but that was the result of working with stakeholders. He'd been preparing to add an amendment to restore the three items to the budget, but had elected not to do that - out of respect for Nacht's concern as the treasurer. It might be more appropriate to add those items back when the AATA had more confidence in its financial position, he said. There has to be a point in time where prudence takes over, he said. To hear that careful accounting has to be done in order to confirm that the cash reserve policy is being met, he said, means that it's time to look at the project and ask the staff to perhaps find different additional sources of revenue to make sure that those features can be included that will ensure the new building is state-of-the-art.
Cooper ventured that the $80,000 for LEED certification "buys us a certificate," but wondered, "What else does it get us?"
Outcome on the amendment: The board approved the restoration of the LEED certification in the Blake Transit Center project budget, over dissent from Eli Cooper and David Nacht.
Starting at the near right and going clockwise around the table are: Charles Griffith (AATA), CEO Michael Ford, Jesse Bernstein (AATA), Eli Cooper (AATA), Karen Lovejoy Roe (TWR), Bill Mester (TWR), Paul Schreiber (TWR), David Philips (TWR), David Nacht (AATA), Sue Gott (AATA), Roger Kerson (AATA), Bill Lavery (TWR), and Anya Dale (AATA).
The other two members of that committee are Sue Gott and Eli Cooper.
Eli Cooper, who also serves as the city of Ann Arbor's transportation program manager, reported that the city council had two transportation items on the agenda for its Oct. 15 meeting and both were approved. One was the environmental review and preliminary engineering study for an Ann Arbor rail station. The other was a study for a transportation connector between the northeast and southern part of the city. Cooper reported that the city is "all in" for those two projects as they're currently understood.
Present: Charles Griffith, David Nacht, Jesse Bernstein, Eli Cooper, Sue Gott, Roger Kerson, Anya Dale.
The planning and development committee will ..., 21 Feb 2012 [cached]
The planning and development committee will consist of: Anya Dale (chair), Eli Cooper and David Nacht.
At the Dec. 5, 2011 Ann Arbor city council meeting, mayor John Hieftje nominated the city's transportation program manager, Eli Cooper, to serve on the board of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.
On confirmation by the city council, Cooper would fill the vacancy on the AATA board left by Sue McCormick.
Ann Arbor Transportation Authority board meeting (April 21, 2010): On Wednesday, Eli Cooper, the city of Ann Arbor's transportation program manager, gave the AATA board an update on Phase One of Fuller Road Station - a city-university collaboration to build a combined parking structure, bus station and bicycle amenity south of Fuller Road, abutting the University of Michigan medical campus.
Eli Cooper, the city of Ann Arbor's transportation program manager, sets up his visual aids for the Fuller Road Station. (Photos by the writer.)
Confronted with skepticism from board member David Nacht, who expressed his doubts that the rail service would ever become a reality, Cooper urged a "glass as half full" view of the project.
Cooper was buoyed in part by a recent phone call he'd received from the Michigan Dept. of Transportation about another round of funding that the Federal Railroad Administration will be making available.
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