Early editions of electric hybrid buses in Michigan proved unreliable. But with the return of the wave of electrification in 2021, has anything changed?
By Samuel Blatchford
Capital News Service
Amtrak is trying to get back on track after ridership dropped on Michigan routes over 40% since the pandemic started last March. Amtrak operates three routes in Michigan: The Wolverine, which runs between Detroit and Chicago; the Pere Marquette, which runs between Grand Rapids and Chicago; and the Blue Water, which runs between Port Huron and Chicago. Ridership on Michigan Amtrak routes between 20015 and 2020. Source: Amtrak
Amtrak said it changed the frequency of some Michigan routes due to reduced travel demand. The Wolverine route dropped from three daily roundtrip trains to just one daily roundtrip.
Large airports in Michigan such as those in Detroit and Grand Rapids have seen a loss in revenue and passengers since the pandemic began. Small airports in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula are confronting those same problems, but the negative effects are bigger.
Causing 154 deaths and numerous shipwrecks, the Great Lakes storm left lasting changes that enhanced shipping safety.
COVID-19 safety protocols are different for each system.