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Indian Trails and MDOT Roll Out Eight “Pure Michigan” Buses
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:40
IndianTrails Pure Michigan Buses
Indian Trails and Pure Michigan Buses

 Indian Trails, Inc.—in partnership with the Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT)—is putting eight new motorcoaches on the road that are sure to turn heads, boost ridership, and attract more tourists to Michigan.

Like rolling billboards, the new buses are covered with giant photos of some of Michigan’s most popular vacation destinations and largest cities—and they carry the Pure Michigan logo.

“We’re excited about promoting Michigan travel in a big way,” said Indian Trails President Gordon Mackay. “After all, we’re a Michigan transportation company, and—partly with MDOT’s support—we operate daily, scheduled bus routes statewide, as well as into Chicago, Duluth and Milwaukee. “

“These Pure Michigan buses will travel 2.4 million miles a year, and hundreds of thousands of people in and out of state are going to see them,” said MDOT Director Kirk Steudle. “That should produce a significant return on our investment, even beyond the economic benefit that communities derive from intercity bus service.”

The scenes on the new buses include Lake Huron, Pictured Rocks National Seashore, Old Mission Peninsula, the Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes, the State Capitol, Glen Lake, two lighthouses, a Marquette marina, and the skylines of Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

Besides helping to bring tourists into Michigan, the striking new motorcoaches should accelerate growth in ridership that connects Michiganders with one another and the rest of the world. On the sides of each vehicle, the prominent slogan “We’re Going Your Way—Daily” instantly tells viewers that these buses offer regular route service. To emphasize the point, 28 of the more than 100 towns that Indian Trails serves are listed along the roof lines of the coaches in bright green lettering.

The eight new buses are all Motor Coach Industries (MCI) model D4505. Each can carry up to 51 passengers, and comes equipped with technology that reduces exhaust pollutants to near zero while achieving fuel economy of 240 passenger miles per gallon.

Safety features include antilock brakes, automatic traction control, electronic stability system, engine fire detection and suppression system, GPS tracking, tire pressure monitoring system, and three-point retractable seatbelts for each passenger.

Among the comfort features are ergonomic seating with ample leg room; individual airflow controls, reading lamps, and footrests; tinted side windows; 110-volt AC outlets at each seat for charging mobile devices; free WiFi; on-board lavatory; enclosed overhead parcel racks; hearing loop; and an ADA-compliant wheelchair lift.

 In keeping with a tradition begun in the 1930s by Cora Taylor, who co-founded Indian Trails with her husband Wayne in Owosso 104 years ago, each of the new coaches is named in honor of a Native American Indian chief: Black Hawk, White Pigeon, Moa-Na-Hon-Ga, Sagamaw, Wa-Na-Ta, Esh-Tah-Hum-Leah, Chebainse, and Cheogemaw.

Indian Trails establishes new bus stop in Petoskey
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 11:30

OWOSSO, Mich.― Indian Trails, which operates 34 scheduled motorcoach routes throughout Michigan and into Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, has relocated its Petoskey stop to the North Central Michigan College Store at 1545 S. Howard Street.

The College Store, inside NCMC’s Student and Community Resource Center, will provide Indian Trails ticketing services Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This includes tickets for travel on Amtrak’s national rail network, with which Indian Trails connects in Grand Rapids, Mich., and other cities. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.IndianTrails.com.

Indian Trails’ buses arrive in and depart Petoskey at about 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. each day.  Passengers on all runs will have access to the NCMC building, where restrooms and a public phone are available.

“We’re very grateful to Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce President Carlin Smith, Petoskey City Manager Dan Ralley, the City Council, and North Central for helping to arrange our new stop at NCMC’s College Store,” said Ken Henry, vice president of Indian Trails. “After circumstances forced us to move from our previous location on Mitchell Street, where we had been for 20 years, we made four attempts to relocate that didn’t work out. Thanks to everyone involved, we’ve finally settled on a great location for continuing to provide the community with essential transportation services.”

Indian Trails operates 34 scheduled routes throughout Michigan and beyond that serve 115 communities and travel over 2.5 million miles annually. As with other large bus transportation operators nationwide, changes in stops and stations aren’t unusual. Stops at businesses or properties not owned by Indian Trails may change when a business closes or the property changes hands, when routes are reconfigured, or in order to improve customer service.

Two northbound Indian Trails buses serve Petoskey each day—one coming from the west side of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula through Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Charlevoix; and the other from Lansing and Gaylord.  See maps here: http://webstore.indiantrails.com/schedules.asp.  The two buses connect in Petoskey at 10:30 p.m. daily, and the one from the central Lower Peninsula continues on to St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, and points throughout the Upper Peninsula, Duluth, Green Bay, and Milwaukee.

The southbound bus from the Upper Peninsula connects in Petoskey at 10:15 a.m. with the bus destined to Traverse City, Grand Rapids, and points further south. It offers connections to Kalamazoo, Holland, and Chicago, as well as Lansing, Flint, and Detroit Metro Airport. 


Indian Trails, Inc.—which has served as Michigan’s premier, family-owned, inter-city motorcoach carrier for more than 100 years, and is based in Owosso, Mich.—operates one of the largest and newest fleets of deluxe motorcoaches in Michigan. In addition to its daily scheduled routes, its services include charters, tours, shuttles, casino runs, and airport transfers. 

New Michigan Flyer-AirRide Schedule Starts Today
Friday, November 15, 2013 - 17:14



Starting today, the eco-friendly Michigan Flyer -AirRide shuttle expands service on its route between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)—just in time to accommodate holiday season travelers.


The new schedule will increase the frequency of service from eight to 12 trips a day on the segment between East Lansing and Ann Arbor.



On the segment between Ann Arbor and DTW, reliability and convenience of service will be improved by providing both earlier and later runs to and from DTW, increasing the number of daily round trips from 12 to 13, and discontinuing the stop at the U-M Central Campus Transit Center at a savings of about $407,000 in operating costs.


The new Michigan Flyer-AirRide schedule is available online at www.MichiganFlyer.com; a PDF version can be downloaded here:http://bit.ly/1dyvmn1.


Overall, the new schedule will make it easier for passengers to:


·         Connect with approximately 700 daily nonstop flights between DTW and top domestic and international destinations


·         Access about 150 more DTW arrivals and departures than before


·         Commute between East Lansing and Ann Arbor for business or pleasure


·         Enjoy much shorter waits between buses


The expanded schedule is a big plus for the Greater Lansing and Ann Arbor economies, noted Indian Trails and Michigan Flyer President Gordon Mackay. “One-third of Michigan Flyer-AirRide passengers—about 30,000 a year—come from out of state and spend millions locally,” he said. “Also, for many passengers who either don’t or can’t drive, this is a critical improvement in public transportation.”


According to Michael Ford, CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, “The improved schedule makes public transportation a more attractive option for travel.”


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Michigan Flyer—whose motto is “Why Drive?”—is jointly owned by Indian Trails and Okemos Travel. Michigan Flyer has carried more than 500,000 passengers since its launch in 2006, and has achieved an extraordinary 98 percent rate of on-time arrivals and departures. On the web at www.MichiganFlyer.com.


The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) was chartered in 1969 by the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a not-for-profit unit of government. AATA operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area, enabling the area’s residents to reach their destinations at reasonable cost, and offers the region efficient, environmentally sound transportation alternatives. For more information, please visit www.TheRide.org.


Indian Trails adds new bus stop in Alma, MI
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 16:39

OWOSSO, Mich.―Indian Trails, which operates 33 scheduled motorcoach routes throughout Michigan and into Chicago and Milwaukee, has added a second stop in Alma, Mich.


The new bus stop—at “College Corner Coffee & Books,” the Alma College bookstore on Superior Street downtown—will offer passenger pick-up and drop-off service only. While tickets will not be sold at the new stop, passengers can now buy tickets in advance online here for travel to or from Alma on all of Indian Trails’scheduled routes. Read More>>