MTA Announces Arrival of New CNG Vehicles

Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) has received 13 new compressed natural gas 40 foot coach vehicles. Twenty-two more vehicles will be arriving within the next 10 months. These 35 vehicles will replace 24 year old diesel coaches well beyond their useful life (normally 12 years).

Within the next 30 days these new advanced design alternative fuel vehicles will be placed throughout the fixed route system serving the greater Flint area.

The new CNG fleet will be fueled at the newly built public/private fuel station owned by Consumer’s Energy. The station is located at the MTA’s Grand Blanc Service Center. Over the past several years, the MTA has reduced its use of fossil fuel diesel from 1.4 million gallons annually to an expected low of 300,000 gallons. This reduction provides for a sustainable future while operating in a clean energy environment for our community. “We are extremely proud of our progress to attain a 100% alternative fuel fleet, while working to reduce the carbon footprint and creating a clean operating environment,” MTA General Manager/CEO, stated.

Congratulations to MPTA Member, Ed Benning

Flint Mass Transportation Authority's General Manager/CEO, Ed Benning was presented with the Robert P. Gerholz Award last night at the Flint and Genesee Chamber 's Art of Achievement Awards. The award is presented to organizations and individuals who show exemplary community leadership and give more than what's asked.

Mark Koerner Joins Foster Swift

Foster Swift welcomes attorney Mark T. Koerner from The Koerner Law Group. Mark’s practice focuses on municipal law (with substantial experience in transit, drain and labor and employment matters), business law, technology law, as well as related litigation. Mark will be based in the firm’s Lansing office.

A mid-Michigan native, Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He then attended the John Marshall Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in Information Technology.

Because of his experience in a wide variety of legal areas, Mark is frequently requested to present at conferences and seminars on numerous topics. Recently he has presented on a selection of labor and employment topics, including the FLSA, FMLA, FOIA, OMA , and hiring/firing issues, as well as on social media policies and best practices.

Mark is licensed to practice in all Michigan courts and has appeared before both the Michigan Court of Appeals and Michigan Supreme Court. He also maintains his law license in Illinois. He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Illinois, as well as the Ingham County Bar Association.

Mark is an active participant in a wide variety of community organizations, including the Capital Area Humane Society, Ele’s Place, Haslett Community Church, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Since 1902, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC has provided comprehensive legal services to businesses, municipalities and individuals. The firm employs 100-plus attorneys and over 100 support staff in six locations; Lansing, Detroit, Southfield, Grand Rapids, Holland and St. Joseph. For more information about the firm, its attorneys and to access recent publications, visit

MTA Opens New Your Ride Center

Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority has opened the newly built Davison Your Ride service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. The center, which will accommodate the city of Davison, Davison Township, Richfield
Township, Otisville and Forest Township, is the latest addition to the MTA’s Your Ride centers.

The Davison location is larger than previously built centers because it will cover both Davison and Otisville as well as surrounding townships. The garage will hold 21 El Dorado vehicles. The facility has lightening protection and has a back up IT server room and generator.

Two tanks, one holding propane and one containing unleaded gas are also on the 7.2 acre property. This will enable the vehicles to fill up on site. The fuel tanks also have canopies over them.

“The need for transportation services in our community, continue to grow. This new expanded facility provides us the opportunity to meet current and future needs in the Davison, Davison Twp, Richfield and Otisville areas,” Ed Benning, General Manager, CEO stated.

MTA board, and community members attended the ribbon cutting event.

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