Michigan Passenger Transportation Program


  • Intercity Bus Program

    In partnership with intercity bus, rail and intermodal operations, MDOT's Intercity Terminal Development Program is responsible for the construction or rehabilitation of passenger terminals in over 20 communities throughout Michigan. Intercity bus operations provide connections for Michigan's rural population to urban centers and the national transportation network. Through the use of the Intercity Bus Capital Program, the Intercity Terminal Fund and Intercity Services Program, equipment fleets are continually modernized and transportation centers remain attractive, passenger friendly and safe. MDOT's Intercity Bus Program provides support for contracted routes throughout the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula.

  • Local Bus Capital and Operating Assistance Programs

    Operating Assistance Program:

    Nonurbanized areas and urbanized areas under 100,000 population will receive state operating assistance for up to 60 percent of eligible expenses. Urbanized areas over 100,000 population will receive state operating assistance for up to 50 percent of eligible expenses.

    Capital Assistance Program:

    This program provides state share to match federal funds under various federal programs such as Section 5307, Section 5339, Small Urban, 5311(f), STP, and CMAQ.

  • Marine Passenger Program

    Funding is provided to the Beaver Island Transportation Authority (BITA), Charlevoix County Transportation Authority (Ironton Ferry), and Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) for capital improvements and operating assistance to support their ferry services. 

    EUPTA provides ferry services linking Drummond, Neebish, and Sugar islands with the Chippewa County mainland.  The residents on the islands rely on this only means of transport service for employment, medical, school, shopping, food and fuel supplies.

    BITA provides ferry services between the City of Charlevoix and St. James Township on Beaver Island. Island residents rely on this service for essential transportation and commodities.

    Ironton Ferry trasnports passengers and vehicles across Lake Charlevoix between Boyne City and Charlevoix.

    The operating support is provided from the Local Bus Operating Assistance Program.

  • Service Development and New Technology Program

    The Service Development and New Technology Program provides funds for research, training/education, planning and coordination, and operational and technical projects that preserve or enhance public transit. Projects submitted for funding under this application must demonstrate statewide benefits and are subject to a competitive project selection process.

  • Specialized Services Program

    The Specialized Services program provides operating assistance to private, nonprofit agencies, and public agencies providing transportation services primarily to seniors and individuals with disabilities.