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EUPTA will Get a New Ferry Boat

Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) will be getting a new ferry boat. The boat maker, Burger Boat Company, celebrated the christening of the newly finished Neebish Islander III on Saturday, August 13, 2022. It is an ice breaking passenger and vehicle ferry that can carry 15 passenger vehicles. The ferry will be used year-round, carrying people on the St Mary's River, between Barbeau and Neebish Island.

Burger Boat Company celebrates the christening of the newly finished Neebish Island III.

Michigan Transit Projects Received Low- and No-Emission and Bus and Bus Facilities Programs Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on Aug. 16, 2022, $1.66 billion in FTA’s FY22 Low- and No-Emission (Section 5339©) and Bus and Bus Facilities (Section 5339(b)) programs grants to transit agencies, territories, and states across the country to invest in 150 bus fleets and facilities. Funded by the President's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, more than 1,100 of those vehicles will use zero-emissions technology, which reduces air pollution and helps meet the President's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

View the complete list of FTA Grant Awards.

Michigan Grant Awards

 State Project Sponsor Funding Description
 MI  Michigan Department of Transportation  $12,000,000 Michigan DOT will receive funds to assist seven transit agencies and three non-profit organizations that provide public transit service to replace buses and vans that have exceeded their useful life, and buy additional buses to expand service in rural areas. The project will also fund the conversion of diesel buses to propane, install electric charging infrastructure, and buy software for scheduling and e-ticket services.
 MI  City of Detroit  $6,912,404 The Detroit Department of Transportation will receive funding to buy battery electric buses and install charging equipment, part of the state's plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment disproportionately impact the historically disadvantaged communities that DDOT serves.
 MI  Mass Transportation Authority  $4,334,800 MTA Flint will receive funding to buy hydrogen fuel cell buses and upgrade equipment for an existing hydrogen refueling station. The zero-emission buses will replace diesel-hybrid transit buses that have exceeded their useful life.
 MI  City of Midland Dial-A-Ride  $167,257 The City of Midland Dial-A-Ride will receive funding to buy electric transit vans to replace older gas- powered buses that have exceeded their useful life. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support workforce training and development.