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, and 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.