Need some lighthearted proof that Millennials – or whatever we're calling college-age students these days – can get excited about not driving cars? Check out The Michigan Transportation Musical.

The reason the twelve-and-a-half-minute video got made is to let new students at the University of Michigan know about the various transportation options on and off campus in Ann Arbor if they don't have a car, focusing mostly on the biodiesel-hybrid bus system and the late-night Safe Ride. It leaves out biking and Zipcar (which is available in Ann Arbor), but it's still a good introduction for new students (which is exactly the people who will watch it when they get to campus for orientation this summer). The video was filmed and produced last month by UM students.

There's dancing and song parodies and decent jokes as we learn about the various transportation alternatives from Billy Magic, who is explaining things to The Kid (who has puppet parents, so expect some surreal moments). We have to echo a key question The Kid asks Billy, though: "If you can teleport, why are we taking buses?"

Watch it below.



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      _Wa2
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is so damn corny..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Future GSA employees :)
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mmmmm better than the Chevy Volt dance advert l suppose, kids travel for free in the UK to help cut down on car journeys. All under 5's get free bus/train/tram/tube travel if accompanied with their parent who also travels for free 5-10 year old get free bus/tube/rail/tram in accompanied with an adult 11-16 year olds get free travel on bus/trams on and ID16 pass. 16-18's get free bus/tram passes Travel is free which helps keep car school run that clog UK roads, they can also be used to travel at anytime not just school times, if they play up misbehave at school they get their free travel stopped, which buggers up their evenings and weekend travel plans. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tickets/14310.aspx
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      HEY DOMINICK!!! Here is a story from foreign policy magazine (not related to fox news) on how electric vehicles will save the world! There are a couple of minor issues anyone here will identify, but has an interesting take on EV's, application, and government (sigh!) application. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/06/08/self_driving_car No no...don't thank me or hat tip me...the droning silence on my tips is all the thanks I need!
        Spec
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        That is a pretty 'meh' article. It overly poops on electric vehicles by focusing on the Tesla Roadster & Fisker Karma. And then it focusing on self-driving cars without going into massive amounts of regulatory issues that would be involved. Self-driving is not electric. Self-driving is self-driving. You can make self-driving gasoline cars.
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Spec
          We can all start posting articles and then comment on them... :D
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am so proud to be from Michigan right now. :| I does beat this gem from Chevrolet-the Volt Dance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUPmqN6KAwM&feature=youtube_gdata_player Go ahead, click...it's like a train wreck with dead bodies...you don't want too look....but you have to...
      Anderlan
      • 3 Years Ago
      They horribly over-(mis)used some 4th wall gags. But great for college stuff I guess. I did laugh.
      transpower
      • 3 Years Ago
      What collectivist garbage. America is based on individualism, and therefore it's based on each of us having our own car so we can drive whenever and wherever we want. Where the heck do you Leftists come from?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I.. mm.. i... I'll be in my vomitorium if any one needs me..
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Hm, i think we are thinking of two things :D Vomitorium is more of a place where you go when you are so disgusted at something, that you must shelter yourself from the outside world to hurl. Screw taking the bus. I've got a 100 mile range on my ebike.. and 2 cars if needed :)
          Letstakeawalk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          "Vomitorium is more of a place where you go when you are so disgusted at something, that you must shelter yourself from the outside world to hurl." No, it's not. A vomitorium is an exit from a theater. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2421/were-there-really-vomitoriums-in-ancient-rome http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vomitorium
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You'll be in the passageway underneath the seating area? OK, fine... (Surely you don't think that a vomitorium is a place for... That's just a silly misconception perpetuated by middle-school boys.)
      Marco Polo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess you have to be young enough to think it's cool,.. or old enough to think it's cute....:) But, the transport system is a great credit to Michigan University.
      Joeviocoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Forget about Zombies in Miami... FEAR THE GLEE IN MICHIGAN!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Actually, it is the long anticipated sequel to Saturday Night Fever, which expands the story upon how to get back to campus without a car (well-known fever on a late Saturday night). Travolta must be jealous now. And the moral of the fable:  whoever needs plain teleportation, if we can use public buses with nicely singing operators. But, that's a funny and well-done piece of art.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's evident that they have a very strong background in theatre. again, small single seater bare minimum robotic taxis come to mind. electric of course. and/or own same vehicle without the AI for those who can afford it. they should be quite cheap to make and far more convenient than big boxes that come every 30 minutes and move without great focus. could be a project and spinoff for a university
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        How many college students can ride in a single seat taxi?
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          off the top of my head I'd say around one. do I win anything? if you look at cars on the street you will see that most have 1 person in them. you could have a small additional seat behind the 'driver' like a twizy perhaps. in case two people want to go the same route at the same time. otherwise there is more than one vehicle. see how that works?
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