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
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 tribe’s seven-county service area consists of local
and inter-city service. Six of the seven counties provide some form of
local public transit services with the exception of Mackinac County with
no transportation service. The tribe’s transit project will directly
improve access to critical services such as health, education,
employment and social services. The grant provides the opportunity for
inter-agency collaboration, marketing, website development, point of
contact services, and establishing a regional transit workgroup to build
capacity and collaboration for supporting ongoing regional coordination
among existing providers and Sault Tribe.