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Michigan Transit Facts

Michigan provides some level of public transportation in all 83 counties.

Total state transit funding in FY 2021 is $252.95 million. This translates to a per capita funding level of approximately $25.295. Public transit agencies are supported by a combination of local funds, including farebox, local general funds, and property tax millages. A total of 54 of the 78 public transit agencies are locally supported by property tax millages.

In FY 2021, the 78 public transit agencies transported 30 million passengers statewide; the 89 specialized services recipients and their subrecipients transported 608,825 passengers statewide.

The Rideshare Program provides limited staff support for eight local Rideshare offices that organize, demonstrate, and promote ridesharing activities. Seven of the offices receive federal funds to support the program. In addition, the MichiVan Program provides fleet management to 180 commuter vanpool groups in FY 2021.

In FY 2021, the marine program supports three ferry services in the Eastern Upper Peninsula which carried 533,664 vehicles and 838,664 passengers. The Charlevoix-to-Beaver Island service carried 7,493 vehicles and 33,925 passengers, Mackinac Island-to-mainland carried 29,449 passengers in the offseason. The Ironton Ferry Service carried 72,171 vehicles and 138,808 passengers.

The state supports five intercity bus routes, which carried 30,375 passengers in FY 2021.

There are 147 private bus regular route and charter carriers licensed in Michigan. Michigan Department of Transportation inspects the safety of 1,282 buses operated by private carriers.