An ambitious project known as A2TC is gaining strength in communities across lower Michigan. The project is proposing to use existing railroads to implement a passenger train service linking Traverse City to Ann Arbor. Continue reading
Currently only the Poe Lock can handle the largest vessels, which carry a majority of the iron ore on the Great Lakes. Continue reading
A German ship flying the Liberian flag is being held in a Great Lakes port while the Coast Guard investigates possible environmental violations.
The ship Cornelia traveled from New York to Minnesota. It likely traversed all the Great Lakes except Lake Michigan.
The Cornelia has been retained for over 2 weeks at the Duluth port on Lake Superior.
Lieutenant Pat Lammersen is with the Coast Guard. He said there’s not much he can reveal about the investigation.
“Outside the Duluth lift bridge in Lake Superior it’s anchored up, all I can say is that the Coast Guard is investigating the motor vessel Cornelia for alleged violations of U.S environmental regulations.”
Lammersen said the ship and it’s crew are not a threat to public safety.
“The Liberian flag vessel and crew are prohibited from leaving the Duluth until cleared by customs and border protection. Vessel and crew do not pose any public safety threat. Any speculation that the ship is being held in port due to safety concerns is not true.”
The ship’s crew is not allowed to leave the vessel until the investigation is over.
The Bay Area Transportation Authority is hoping to deter no-call, no-shows with a new policy that began this month.
BATA implemented a new policy where depending on how often you ride, are allowed a certain number of no-shows. Continue reading
Legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law last week depends in part on raising vehicle registration fees to boost road funding. But the Michigan Secretary of State’s office doesn’t have the source code it needs to make those changes to its computer system. So it’s suing Hewlett-Packard to turn it over. Continue reading
Michigan roads are some of the worst in the nation according to official reports, and that’s no secret. But that could all change in the coming years. Continue reading
Over 25 million people are expected to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday period from November 20 – December 1. Thankfully, airlines are prepared for the large number of travelers.
Airlines for America said this is the largest number of Thanksgiving holiday flights booked since the great recession in 2009. It’s also a 3% increase from last year. Continue reading
Forty years ago tonight, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank off of Whitefish Point in Lake Superior. All these years later this shipwreck sticks in our collective memory as a representative of all the ships that have gone down on the Great Lakes.
Jennifer Weingart talked with maritime historian Frederick Stonehouse about why, out of thousands of shipwrecks on the lakes, this is the one that is most remembered.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Tonight people will gather to honor the men that lost their lives on the Great Lakes.
Today marks the 40th Anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. It’s still unknown what exactly caused the Fitzgerald to slip under the waves during that infamous November gale, but is known to keep the mystery on the public’s mind 40 years later.
Jennifer Weingart talked with Bruce Lynn, the Director of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, about what happened on the Fitzgerald’s ill-fated final voyage.
The Legislature recently sent Gov. Rick Snyder a plan that gradually boosts road funding by $1.2 billion a year by 2021. But those increases don’t start until 2017.
In the meantime, lawmakers could continue putting one-time money into roads. Continue reading
The Republican plan passed by the narrowest of margins in the state Senate and the House after a marathon session that went late into Tuesday night. It raises Michigan’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees by $600 million starting in 2017. It also eventually shifts $600 million from other areas of the state budget. Continue reading
Many lawmakers are becoming more eager to get roads out of the way so they can move onto other major issues.
Not only does Gov. Rick Snyder want the Legislature this year to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to rescue Detroit Public Schools – lawmakers are also set to take up a major overhaul of Michigan’s energy policy. Continue reading
The billion dollar package relies on new fuel taxes and vehicle fees. But half the money would also come from cutting other parts of the budget. Continue reading
Workers and management at a local car dealership are crossing their fingers that the UAW does not strike Fiat Chrysler at midnight Wednesday.
When the current contract between the United Auto Workers and Fiat Chrysler expires. Continue reading
Two dealerships; one in Mt. Pleasant, one in Lansing, have been suspended from buying or selling vehicles.
The Secretary of State received complaints from customers who did not get a title or registration after buying a vehicle from University Motor Mall. Continue reading
The idea of increasing speed limits on some Michigan roadways is up for discussion this week at the state Capitol.
One Petoskey intersection is expected be a little safer this fall. The city is scheduled to be the first in Michigan to receive a new traffic safety device.
It’s called a Rural Intersection Collision Avoidance System . It will be installed at a blind intersection on US-131 and Intertown Rd. Continue reading
Pope Francis is in the United States this week and some people from Michigan are getting the chance to see him.
The House expelled Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser resigned late last week due to a sex-and-cover-up scandal.
For students, crossing the street in Petoskey just got a whole lot safer. A pedestrian tunnel now lets people cross the road between the middle and high school underground.
Construction started in the spring and wrapped up just last week. Continue reading
Through the remainder of the last holiday of the summer, M-DOT shut down construction projects to provide smoother travel for millions drivers.
According to AAA of Michigan, more than 1.2 million travelers will be using Michigan roads on this final summer holiday weekend.
State House Democrats say they won’t support big budget cuts for roads unless lawmakers identify where those cuts would be made.
Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading
The MacArthur Lock at Sault Ste Marie reopened Monday following a 20 day closure.