Michigan UP Transportation Agencies Honored for Years of Service

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently awarded several Upper Peninsula transit authorities with commemorative plaques honoring their decades of service to the region.

MDOT and the Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA) presented the awards at a recent joint annual conference at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, Michigan.

“Transit is often overlooked in UP because so many parts of the region are so rural,” said Brian Kass, UP project manager for MDOT’s Office of Passenger Transportation. “However, public transit provides essential services to people from all walks of life. It helps people get to work, school, groceries, medical appointments and more. Public transit is a lifeline for seniors and people with disabilities in our communities.

The awards were:

  • Marquette County Transit Authority (Marq-Tran): 40 years of transit operations. Transit service began March 22, 1982, according to MDOT records.
  • Algiers Transit Authority (ALTRAN): 40 years of transit operations. Transit service began on January 11, 1982.
  • Town of Houghton: 40 years of transit operations. Transit service began on May 1, 1982.
  • Town of Hancock: 20 years of transit operations. Transit service started in 2002.

“At MDOT, we appreciate these communities and agencies’ commitment to transit and look forward to working with them in the future,” Kass said.

MDOT’s Office of Passenger Transportation assists and oversees more than 135 transit service providers, including passenger ferry services. Its primary role is to administer and oversee state and federal funding for local transit providers. These funds are primarily used for capital purchases and operating expenses. The office works closely with the Federal Transit Administration to ensure that local transit providers comply with federal and state regulations.

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