Motorcoach

Michigan Flyer receives grant

Posted on August 14, 2012

Michigan Flyer was awarded a one-time federal grant of $595,680 to complete the establishment of its new motorcoach route from East Lansing via I-96 and US-23 to Ann Arbor, then to Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) on I-94 and back.

The grant enables the Michigan Flyer to increase from eight to 12 the number of daily round trips originating in East Lansing.

Michigan Flyer began its new route last April, when it formed a public-private partnership with the Ann Arbor Transit Authority to make 12 daily round trips between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro airport. The service is co-branded as Michigan Flyer and AirRide.

Meanwhile, East Lansing departures have remained at eight per day because passenger volume was insufficient to support 12 on fare box revenue alone. That’s where the grant from the Transportation Community System Preservation (TCSP) program comes in. It will cover 80% of the first-year operating costs to establish the four new round trips. Michigan Flyer will contribute $148,920, or 20%, of first-year operating cost, plus invest $550,000 to purchase one new motorcoach to add to its existing fleet of five.

TCSP grant guidelines give priority consideration to this type of public-private partnership. Michigan Flyer’s application for the TCSP grant was sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation, which ranked it third of 18 proposals by Michigan applicants this year.

Michigan Flyer and Indian trails are poised to rapidly implement the new schedule soon after the grant funds are released.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Vandalia Bus Lines named Motorcoach Operator of the Year

The annual award given by METRO Magazine was presented to Dennis Streif, his mother Judy and son Phillip at this year's UMA Expo in Atlanta.

Spanish-based Irizar introduces new motorcoach to the U.S. market

The i6 models on display this week at UMA Expo in Atlanta are available in a height of either 12.23 or 12.89 ft. and have been fully developed to the needs of North American operators, complying with all U.S. DOT requirements and manufactured entirely in the European Union.

American Seating unveiling new Wayfarer prototype at UMA Expo 2016

This year, American Seating is developing a new back option for Wayfarer focused on the private tour and charter market, and will exhibit this Wayfarer-TC prototype at the 2016 UMA Expo.

MCI bringing its reliability-driven vehicles and more to UMA Expo 2016

Will showcase two new 2016 J4500 coaches with a tighter-turning independent front suspension system, new two-door Setra S 417 Top Class and more.

CH Bus Sales delivers 3 Temsa TS 30s to Guam

Turtle Tours’ 36 passenger TS 30 coaches have enhanced features, such as 110-volt plugs and an elite REI audio/video system with three 15-inch monitors.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close