Category Archives: Transportation

Study shows customers want free and faster delivery

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Just a few years ago, consumers were willing to wait a few extra days for a package if shipping was free. Now, a new study says, customers have higher expectations, not only wanting free but faster shipping.


Officials say startup companies are now specializing in next day and same day delivery.

Brody Buhler is the global managing director for the post and parcel industry at Accenture. He said customers want free delivery, fast delivery and they want to be able to track the shipment in real time.

“I can see where the delivery agent is, when my delivery is going to come. I’m watching it all on my phone and then I can take action if something is not going to be right. I can ask them to bring it later or deliver it tomorrow.”

Buhler said investments in personalized and faster delivery services will continue to grow. He said we can expect to see online companies using autonomous cars and drone deliveries.

AAA driving survey shows many drivers admit to running red lights

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The survey reveals that nearly one in three drivers, of all ages, admit to occasionally running red lights.

The survey was conducted by AAA. It found that 69 percent of drivers ages 16 to 18 and those 75 and up engage in risky behaviors.

That includes speeding, texting and driving, and running red lights.

Gary Bubar is with AAA Michigan.

He said 88 percent of young millennials, ages 19 to 24, report bad behaviors while driving.

“What you’ve also found is that you can drive a lot, and get away with a lot without wrecking your car. And so you’re going to do those things. If you got away with it once, the next time it becomes okay too. Its why a lot of people still, even though they know how dangerous it is they still do the kinds of things inside the vehicle that they probably shouldn’t do, and know they shouldn’t do.”

One-third of all drivers report running a red light on occasion.

“So one out of three drivers has run a red light knowingly? and almost one out of two for drivers in age 19-24. That tells me that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.”

Bubar said the study also found young millennial drivers are twice as likely as other drivers to type a text or e-mail on the road.

Roadwork to begin on I-475 in Genesee county

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One of Mid-Michigan’s most traveled freeways will soon be under construction. The state department of transportation plans to reconstruct I-475 in Genesee county. The state has reached out to local residents for their input on the changes to be made.


Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2018 and run to the fall of 2019.

As part of the 39-million dollar project workers will remove two pedestrian bridges, and they’ll replace loop ramps with what are called diamond interchanges.

Ryan Doyle is the Cost and Scheduling Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He said reconstruction on I-475 is overdue.

“First and foremost it was in poor condition and we needed to address that, so we we’re looking to reconstruct, and we looked at everything through that section of road to what improvements we can make through there.”

Doyle said the work will also include reducing parts of the freeway down to two-lanes. He said that’s in response to population loss in and around the Flint area.

Michigan remains top three in the nation for boat sales

BuckeyeLake_02According to data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, boat sales in Michigan totaled over eight hundred and $40 million in 2016.

The state came in third to Florida and Texas in boat sales. Their sales were in the billions of dollars.

Officials say boat sales picked up around 2009, and since then, the market has continued to grow..

Bill Kerns is the General Manager at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake. He says there are a number of reasons the market is doing well.

“New people getting into the sport, dealers being more ready for the onslaught of business, more product out in the field, and pontoons have continued to grow the industry and we saw growth at the end of last year with those as well.”

Kerns says with technology continuing to make boating more appealing, the market in Michigan will likely stay strong.