In partnership with Livingston County, Michigan Flyer — a division of Indian Trails Inc. — plans to extend its deluxe airport shuttle service to Brighton on October 1, offering frequent daily motorcoach runs to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
The Livingston County Board of Commissioners approved the award of a three-year airport service contract to Indian Trails and Michigan Flyer earlier this month, along with an option to renew for two more years.
Plans are in the works for the bus company to establish a small ticket office/passenger waiting area in a temporary building at the new pickup point.
Funding for the new Brighton-DTW service is expected to come from passenger fares, a large investment by Indian Trails in operations and equipment, and Michigan's Local Bus Operating Assistance Program, whose grants are administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The adult fare to ride Michigan Flyer between Brighton and DTW will be $22 one way or $40 roundtrip. Per-person fares are even lower for couples or family members traveling together.
Along with the launch of Brighton service on October 1, Michigan Flyer will add more daily roundtrips between the East Lansing Marriott and Detroit Metro Airport, as well as between Ann Arbor’s Blake Transit Center and DTW.
As a result, passengers will enjoy more frequent service to and from the airport, starting earlier in the morning and ending later at night than now. Michigan Flyer’s schedules are designed to maximize connections with departing and arriving flights at DTW.