Michigan Flyer Faces Opposition After Receiving Grant

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For several years now, it's been an easy way to get from Mid-Michigan to Southeast Michigan and Michigan Flyer is hoping to make it even easier.

The bus service, owned by the private company Indian Trails, would use a roughly $600,000 grant from the federal government to buy a new bus to help make trips from East Lansing to Ann Arbor to Detroit Metro Airport and back.

For company Vice President, Chad Cushman, the benefit is obvious.

"We would basically go from the current eight round trips per day, up to 12," said Cushman. "This grant will provide more travel options for Tri-County residents and more options is good for Tri-County residents."

Before the grant is received, however, Michigan Flyer must receive permission from the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to use it and there are plenty of questions coming up.

One of the biggest concerns over the grant is how it would affect traffic at the Capital Region International Airport. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says the grant could take away some business.

"To ask public tax dollars to be spent competing with ourselves makes no sense," he said. "These are precious, vital transportation dollars."

Cushman disagrees and claims it will only help bring more people to the Tri-County area.

"We're actually picking people up at Detroit Metro Airport and bringing them back to the region," he said.

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the grant on May 29th.

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