Federal grant approved for $600,000 Lansing-to-Ann Arbor Michigan Flyer service increase
A federal grant to aid expansion of the Michigan Flyer route that runs from the Lansing area to the Detroit Metro Airport, with a stop in Ann Arbor, was approved in a contentious 10-9 vote by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Wednesday, according to a report from MLive Lansing.
A previous vote at the commission’s meeting last month resulted in a 9-9 tie which was broken Wednesday by Ingham County Commissioner Brian McGrain. McGrain told MLive that he would likely have voted against the proposal but was swayed by an outpouring of constituent support for the increased routes.
The Capital Region International Airport, the main opponent of granting the funds, argued that it would be too difficult to compete against a subsidized competitor. The Flyer’s route brings Lansing-area travelers to DTW and the Capital Region Airport claims that increased bus service would result in an annual loss of $1 million in revenue.
With the new routes, Michigan Flyer will increase its number of daily trips between Lansing and Ann Arbor from eight to 12.
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