Category Archives: Transportation

Changes to road signs and stoplights has made it safer for older drivers in Michigan

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The crash rate of drivers 65 and older has been reduced by more than 60 percent.

State officials say it’s the result of changes to road signs and stoplights

A study conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows that changing signage font, color, and material has made it easier for older drivers to see. Continue reading

A new charity license plate in Michigan aims to recruit more bone marrow donors

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The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office and Michigan Blood this week released the first charity license plate in the nation supporting bone marrow donations.

Michigan Blood is hoping to add more bone marrow donors to the registry. Over 70 percent of marrow matches come from strangers, rather than family members — and the organization says expanding the registry is vitally important. Continue reading

More governments turning to local funding to fix roads 

IMG_8023-1 (1)Infrastructure across the state is notoriously out of date, but with the 1.2 billion dollar road funding plan approved last year, many counties felt like help was on the way.

What local communities across the state are coming to realize is that the road plan comes with a few strings attached.

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Northern Michigan snowmobile museum receives sizable donation

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum.  Courtesy of the Museum.

The Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum. Courtesy of the Museum.

The season for snow sports is coming to an end, however, if you crave one last taste of winter, Naubinway’s Snowmobile museum has got you covered.

Charlie Vallier is Chairman of the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, and yes, he loves his job.
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Michigan AG requests more info about Straits pipeline

DSC_1301Michigan Attorney General Bill Shuette has requested unrestricted access to documents from Enbridge Energy regarding its pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac.

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National Wildlife Federation files intent to sue

mackinac-03On Monday the National Wildlife Federation filed an intent to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which oversees pipeline safety.

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Conservationists worry what new bill could mean for the Great Lakes

DSC_1116A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Noise complaints prompt DNR to offer free snowmobile noise testing in Gaylord

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Noise complaints from homeowners near snowmobile trails have prompted the state to offer free noise testing in Gaylord.

Officials say some riders install an aftermarket muffler on their machine in order to make it louder. Continue reading

Warm weather could offer something new to the Mackinac Island Adventurer

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Northern Michigan’s warmer than usual weather could allow ferries headed for Mackinac Island to stay open throughout the winter season.

Allison Abraham is the assistant director for the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau. She said winter tourism on the island isn’t a new thing.

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New website offers tips for older drivers

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Telling an older family member that they shouldn’t be driving is tough… but a new state website has resources and tips to make that difficult discussion a little easier.

Safe Drivers Smart Options launched earlier this week. Continue reading

A new vehicle for fun

The Truck and students.

The Truck and students.

This Summer Central Michigan University is rolling out a new program aimed at getting children more active.

The program is called ‘Play on the Way’ and through it, CMU will send out a truck and trailer fully equipped with everything kids need to have fun outdoors.
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Mid-Michigan residents get behind Ann Arbor – Traverse City rail proposal

Mount Pleasant City hall filled with supporters of the A2TC Michigan passenger rail proposal Monday night.

Mount Pleasant City hall filled with supporters of the A2TC Michigan passenger rail proposal Monday night.

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