Posted on December 21st, 2015

Sault Tribe receives $300,000 transit grant

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Sault Ste. 
Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Tribal Transportation Program has 
been awarded a $300,000 competitive
Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) Tribal Transit Grant. The 
funding is aimed at building and 
strengthening partnerships throughout 
the tribe’s service area to meet 
the transportation needs of its most
vulnerable members.  

The grant will fund start-up and operating costs associated with the
Sault Tribe Regional Transit Project to collaborate with current
transportation providers on expanding routes and schedules, upgrading
services with additional fixed routes and expanding schedules to ensure
reliable and equitable transportation access throughout the tribe’s
seven-county service area in Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Delta,
Schoolcraft, Alger and Marquette counties. Current transit providers
include Eastern Upper Peninsula Transit Authority, Marquette-Transit,
Alger Country Transit Authority, Schoolcraft County Transit, Delta Area
Transit Authority, Chippewa Luce Mackinac Community Action Agency, St.
Ignace Transit Committee and Indian Trails. 

Sault Tribe Chairperson Aaron Payment expressed his appreciation.
“Helping our tribal members and other locals get to appointments,
work, shopping and fulfilling other transportation needs improves the
quality of life in our rural community,” he said. “I am grateful for
the hard work and diligence of Wendy Hoffman, Sault Tribe transportation

Transit in the 

Posted on December 14th, 2015

Alpine Power Plant on schedule

AlpineFrom The Petoskey News:
ELMIRA — Elmira has been an interesting place to be over the past few weeks to say the least.

More specifically, the railroad tracks running through town, across M-32, have been a captivating area bustling with activity as several enormous pieces of equipment have arrived by train. This equipment was later transported to the Alpine Power Plant as the Wolverine Power Cooperative-owned project continues to advance toward completion.

“Everything is on schedule and we are excited with how (the project) has advanced,” said Ken Bradstreet, government affairs consultant for Wolverine Power Cooperative. “It’s been very good to see everything come together like it has.”

One of two generators to be used at the plant arrived Dec. 1 by rail and was stored on the tracks near the Railside Bar and Grill until it was relocated to the power plant Dec. 4.

The 300-ton, 18,000-volt General Electric generator was shipped by train from Schenectady, N.Y., located approximately 170 miles north of New York City. After arriving in Elmira, it was transported by a self-propelled trailer to its new home.

Both generators will connect to two General Electric natural gas-firing turbines, which were expected to arrive from Greenville, …

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