New, Fuel-Efficient Buses to be Dedicated

TheRide and Allison Transmission will be holding a public event for the dedication of new buses featuring both a new design and a new technology that offers improved fuel efficiency. TheRide is the first transit agency in the world to incorporate Allison’s new xFE transmission, which has demonstrated fuel economy improvements of up to seven percent in customer fleet testing. Its implementation marks an important step in TheRide’s continued sustainability efforts, and the new bus design will visually reflect the many improvements that are being implemented as part of TheRide’s Five-Year Transit Improvement Program. Allison Transmission has been creating world-class transmissions for more than 100 years, and will also be celebrating this important milestone during the event.

TheRide's Main Office
2700 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI

Friday, July 31, 2015
9:30 a.m.

This event is scheduled to be held outside, but will move indoors in the event of inclement weather. Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by calling Deb Freer at (734) 794-1881 or visiting and clicking ‘RSVP Now.’

MTA to Celebrate Unveiling

The Mass Transportation Authority cordially invites you to attend the unveiling of a new Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle and our first Compressed Natural Gas vehicles on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Grand Blanc Alternative Fuel Center, 5051 S. Dort Highway, Flint, Michigan.

To RSVP call Pat Welch at 810-767-6950, ext 8126 by August 5, 2015.

Where Does Transportation Funding Come From, Where Does It Go?

—Chart courtesy of Joe Manzella


We regret to share news of the death of Thunderbay Transportation Authority (Alpena) Executive Director Barbara L. (Varnum) Schwartzfisher.

Barbara was born on October 24, 1959 and passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Barbara was a resident of Beaver Island, Michigan at the time of her passing.

She was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1977.

She is survived by her husband David.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm, Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Church of the Redeemer-Presbyterian in Manistique. A Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 pm, at the church with Reverend Jan Reed officiating.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Manistique Area Schools Foundation.

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