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Michigan Transportation

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Michigan Department of Transportation manages roads, mass transit systemsMichigan Department of Transportation manages roads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and airways in the state of Michigan. The department administers and manages the state’s highways, freeways, railways, airports.

Michigan Road Transportation

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has come up with many effective ways to improve the road transportation. The department uses a versatile approach to deal with travel needs and assist protect the security and well-organized movement of people and goods on highway system.The road transportation in Michigan comprises of several interstate highways, state routes, bridges and tunnels. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is striving to ensure safe, convenient transportation and also to provide easy connectivity to various cities and states.

Major highways of Michigan

Interstate 69-It runs from the Mexican border in Texas to the Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan.

Interstate 75 - It runs from Miami, Florida, to Sault Ste. Marie.

Interstate 94 - It runs from Billings, Montana, to the Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan.

Interstate 96 - It runs entirely within the US state of Michigan.

Interstate 194 - Battle Creek and I-94 in the southern portion of the city.

Interstate 196 - Connects Benton Harbor, South Haven, Holland, and Grand Rapids together.

Interstate 296 - It runs entirely within the Grand Rapids area.

Interstate 475 -It starts southwest of Grand Blanc and covers the area of Flint and finally goes to downtown.

Michigan Rest Areas

Rest areas are open 24/7 for travelersThe Michigan Department of Transportation manages seventy eight rest areas along major and minor highways for the ease of travelers. Rest areas are open 24/7 for travelers and they offer a variety of services. They are classified into seven zones. Rest areas provide fresh drinking water, luxurious restrooms, telephones, picnic spots and parking areas.

Below are the seven zones, click on a region for more information

Bus services in Michigan

Bursley-Baits (7 days/week)

Bursley-Baits operates between the Bursley Hall, Central Campus Transit Center and Vera Baits Houses.

Commuter North (Weekdays)

The Commuter North begins at Crisler Center and ends at Glazier Way, connecting South Campus with North Campus via Central Campus, the Hill area, and the Medical Campus, and serving destinations including the Michigan Union, Central Campus Transit Center, University of Michigan Hospitals, and Pierpont Commons.

North-East Shuttle (Weekdays)

The North-East Shuttle connects the Medical Campus to the VA Hospital, North Campus Research Complex, and East Campus destinations including the Green Rd Park-and-Ride, Plymouth Rd Park-and-Ride, East Medical Campus, and Dominos Farms

Commuter South (Weekdays)

Bus services in MichiganThe Commuter South begins at Glazier Way and ends at Crisler Center, connecting North Campus with South Campus via the Medical Campus, the Hill area, and Central Campus, and serving destinations including Pierpont Commons, University of Michigan Hospitals, Central Campus Transit Center, and the Michigan Union.

Diag-to-Diag Express (Class days)

They operate between Cooley Lab to the Central Campus Transit Center.

Northwood Express (Class days)

Northwood Express operates between the North Campus Fire Station to the Central Campus Transit Center.

Med Express (Weekdays)

They operate between Orange Fuller Road and Glazier Way to Taubman Center/University Hospital, Cancer Center and Mott Children's Hospital/M22.

Night Owl

Night Owl provides service between the Central Campus Transit Center and Oxford Housing.

Northwood (7 days/week)

Northwood operates between Central Campus and Northwood Housing areas on North Campus.

MDOT's Major Road Projects

Rail Services in Michigan

Michigan has three Amtrak services which connects Chicago to other states including Chicago and Illinois and also major cities of Michigan. Michigan is working effectively to provide more passenger rail travel opportunities. MDOT provides for technical support, capital and operating assistance and safety oversight of Michigan's passenger rail system.

Michigan Services

The Michigan Services routes are:

  • Blue Water: Chicago to Port Huron, Michigan
  • Wolverine: Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan
  • Pere Marquette: Chicago to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Amtrak Tickets, Schedules & Train Status

Michigan's Intercity Passenger Rail System Map

Michigan Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operationsMichigan Air Transportation is a major mode that offers all round efficient and easy intercity and interstate connectivity. The Federal Aviation Administration authorizes and oversees all flight operations in the state. Some of the major airports of Michigan includes Grand Rapids - Kent County Intl. Airport, Muskegon County Airport, Sawyer International Airport, Kalamazoo - Battle Creek Intl. Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Intl. Airport, Coleman A. Young International Airport ,Michigan Airports, Flint - Bishop International Airport and Traverse City - Cherry Capital Airport.

Alpena County Regional Airport
1617 Airport Rd.
Alpena, MI 49707
989-354-2907 x. 222
989-358-9988 (fax)

Charlevoix - Charlevoix Municipal Airport
Detroit Metro Wayne County
LeRoy C. Smith Terminal
Detroit, MI 48242
248-666-8804 (fax)

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
5235 Portage Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49002
616-388-3667 (fax)

Capital Region International Airport
4100 Capital City Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48906
517-321-6197 (fax)

Ford Airport
County Courthouse P.O. Box 609
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
906-774-3686 (fax)

Manistee County - Blacker Airport
2323 Airport Rd.
Manistee, MI 49660

Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet Co
Pellston, MI 49769
231-539-0936 (fax)

MBS International Airport
8500 Garfield
Freeland, MI 48623
989-695-6322 (fax)

Michigan ports

Michigan ports are playing vital role in the economy of state by providing many natural resources. Port locations are selected to optimize access to land and navigable water, for commercial demand, and for shelter from wind and waves. Michigan has two major ports: Port of Detroit and Port of Monroe.Ports develop and sustain the Blue Water Highway to provide affordable and environmentally protective freight and passenger transportation on our Great Lakes.

Port of Detroit

The Port of Detroit is the largest sea port in the state and is situated along the west side of the Detroit River. Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority works efficiently toward managing the port. They aim toward promoting the Detroit as major import/export hub. The Port Authority organizes many recreational activities of the Detroit River from Lake St. Clair to the Wayne/Monroe County border.

Contact Details
Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
130 E. Atwater Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone:(313) 259-5091
Fax:(313) 259-5093

Port of Monroe

The Port of Monroe is the major import and export hub for the city of Monroe.The Port of Monroe is the major import and export hub for the city of Monroe. It is also commercial, industrial, and recreational Gateway to the City of Monroe. The Port of Monroe is Michigan’s only Port on Lake Erie. The Port of Monroe links directly to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System.

Contact Details
2929 East Front St.
P.O. Box 585
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: (734) 241-6480
Fax: (734) 241-2964

Michigan State Waterways Commission

The Michigan State Waterways Commission was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1947. The Commission works effectively for the construction, acquisition, and maintenance of recreational docking, channels, harbors, and launching facilities.

Contact Address
PO BOX 30257
Lansing, MI 48909

Michigan Byways

There are plenty of options for beautiful drives that showcase the beauty of the Great Lakes State. There are many state highways having outstanding natural beauty and outstanding history.

Copper Country Trail

It mostly covers the copper mining area and exhibits the state's growth history due to mining boom. It displays the legacy of a mining boom that produced over ten billion pounds of copper.

River Road Scenic Byway

River Road Scenic Byway exhibits the complete AuSable River Valley. It is covered by the quiet winter splendor, spectacular fall colors, natural beauty of the Huron National Forest, enjoy panoramic views from high bluffs, hike, snowmobile, birdwatch, canoe, or ski--River Road can be explored during any season.

Woodward Avenue (M-1) - Automotive Heritage Trail

This heritage city is also known as the Motor City or Woodward Avenue. It showcases America's automobile heritage in world-renowned museums, residential mansions, office buildings, famed industrial complexes, and cultural institutions.

Various safety programs by MDOT

Michigan Department of Transportation organizes many programs for the safety of the people of the state and the countless visitors by creating awareness among them.

Toward Zero Deaths

The campaign is based on the National Strategy on Highway Safety works toward driver behavior while driving and to create awareness among them. For more information click here.

Operation Lifesaver

Michigan Operation Lifesaver is part of a state program to educate people about the road accidents, driving behavior and safety rules. For more information click here.

Safe Routes to School 

Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international to make roads safer for children going to school by bicycle or by walking. For more information click here.

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