Buses Without Borders to host meeting about cross-county travel

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Public transit service could extend beyond city limits in parts of northern lower Michigan.

Officials behind the initiative Buses Without Borders are scheduled to spend an afternoon with transportation experts to explore a strategy to build a transit network to serve Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford counties.

James Bruckbauer is the Transportation Policy Specialist with the Michigan Land Use Institute. He said because transportation agencies are funded through its county, there is no incentive to travel beyond those county lines.

“We’ve been working with transit agencies over the past couple of years in trying to come up with ways that they can share routes and services across county lines, so that the people that travel across counties using transit can do so seamlessly and efficiently,” Bruckbauer said.

He said that he expects improvements to cross-county transportation within the next couple of years.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday February 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.