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HOWARD’S POSITION STATEMENT ON

WHETHER THE TRI-COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING

COMMISSION SHOULD APPROVE APPLICATION OF MICHIGAN FLYER FOR EXPANDED BUS SERVICE BETWEEN EAST LANSING AND THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN AIRPORT VIA ANNARBOR


The Michigan flyer has presently pending before the Tri-County regional planning commission an application to expand its bus service between East Lansing Michigan and the Detroit metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan. Presently a significant number of residents in the greater Lansing area utilize the already existing Michigan flyer bus service to commute to the Detroit Airport to Board flights out of the State of Michigan on the various airlines which presently utilize the Detroit airport facility.


The application which is pending would allow Michigan flyer to expand the number of buses which run from the Lansing area to the Detroit Metro Airport each day. The bus route in question would also go through Ann Arbor, Michigan and make stops there. Not only would the service allow for transportation between Lansing and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, but it would also provide a convenient and regular round-trip bus service between East Lansing and Ann Arbor each day.


This proposal is controversial, and many organizations, government officials, and even business organizations are opposed to the approval of the requested grant. While the basis for opposing the grant varies from organization to organization and person to person, one of the primary concerns seems to be that the approval of this grant would undermine the ability of the capital regional Airport Authority and the capital regional international Airport in Lansing to expand its passenger operations.


Embedded below you will find my statement of opinion which I provided to the Tri-County regional planning commission which supports approval of the requested grant for the Michigan flyer commuter bus operations.


As always, I am open to your feedback and comments – whether or not you agree with the conclusions which I reached in my position paper submitted to the Tri-County regional planning commission. Feel free to send me your thoughts and email comments to me at CommissionerHowardSpence@Gmail.com.


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