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      Making public transportation simpler

      Alger County residents can now enjoy a more organized public transportation system.

      Wednesday morning, community members and leaders gathered to dedicate the new Munising Bus Transfer Station and Park. The two-and-a-half year project cost $280,000 and was funded through several local sources. The main contractor for the project was Johnson Brothers Construction from Munising.

      Now all ALTRAN buses and passengers have a center point for service right in the heart of downtown on East Superior Street.

      "We live in a service area and because we live in a service area there are a lot of people who need rides to and from work, medical and shopping," said ALTRAN Executive Director Rochelle Cotey.

      "Not only does it take care of the transportation needs, it makes it more convenient for people, but also it helps aesthetically with the town," added Munising DDA Director Kathy Reynolds.

      ALTRAN gives 110,000 rides every year, servicing 26 percent of the residents in Alger County.