News Release: Input sought for Midland County Public Transportation Study

A study focusing on Midland County’s public transportation is currently underway. The goal of the study, being conducted by consulting firm RLS & Associates, is to identify gaps and needs within the service and derive potential solutions for improving the overall system. 

The study also seeks to increase accessibility and mobility of Midland County residents, enhance efficient transportation services, and promote cooperation and connectivity between individual providers. Inadequate public transportation was listed as one of the top needs in Midland County according to a needs assessment study completed by the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF) in 2013.

Midland County residents have an opportunity to submit thoughts and ideas regarding public transportation. An online survey is available at http://bit.ly/ecityhall and open to all residents. A paper version of the survey can be picked up and submitted at the Midland Area Community Foundation office, 76 Ashman Circle, between 8AM – 5PM Monday through Friday.

Public input sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th, 6PM at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library and Thursday, December 1st, 6PM at City Hall. Free and open to any Midland County resident, the sessions are expected to last 90 minutes. Residents are asked to RSVP by calling the community foundation at 989.839.9661. 

Public input on this issue can also be provided on November 16th, 4PM – 7PM at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library during a public open house for the Long Range Transportation Plan, which is being developed for the Midland area by its Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Midland Area Transportation Study.

“We face some unique challenges regarding public transportation in our community,” said Maja Bolanowska, Midland Area Transportation Study Director. “Dial-A-Ride and County Connection do a wonderful job with their resources, but community feedback seems to be that the first come, first serve reservation system is not ideal for many. We want to look at all of our options and identify potential solutions.”

Funding for the public transportation study comes from a federal grant as well as an $11,600 grant from MACF. For more information, contact MACF at 989.839.9661 or info@midlandfoundation.org.