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Media event to showcase new innovations for rural public transit agencies

BOYNE CITY, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a news conference to share progress on the Advancing Rural Mobility pilot project. This innovative project provides new online tools for both rural public transit agencies and their riders to help plan their trips, find transit services more easily and provide for a better overall travel experience.

The project is funded by the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) grant. This media event will highlight collaboration with four rural transit agencies: Benzie Bus, Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority, Charlevoix County Transit, and Roscommon County Transportation Authority.

Community stakeholders
Interested residents
Community leaders
MDOT staff and consultants
USDOT SMART grant program representatives

Friday, June 28, 2024
1 - 2 p.m.

Charlevoix County Transit
1050 Brockway St.
Boyne City, MI 49712

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-335-4381 or, preferably at least five business days prior to the schedule press conference. Forms are located on the Title VI webpage. Requests made after this timeframe will be evaluated and honored to the extent possible.

Project background:
MDOT Office of Passenger Transportation (OPT) administers passenger transportation programs, including local transit, intercity bus and for-hire passenger regulation. The programs aim to provide a safe and balanced statewide network of passenger transportation services to meet the social, safety and economic well-being of the state. Building on OPT’s 2022 Statewide Technology Plan for Rural Public Transit Agencies and the ongoing Statewide Mobility as a Service (MaaS) System Procurement and Implementation Project, OPT developed the Advancing Rural Mobility project to pilot the implementation of General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS)-Flex at partner public transit agencies. The project has the potential to advance the state of operational technology for Michigan’s transit industry.