EMGO HELPS YOU GET THERE!
The new EMGO bus service will pick you up and get you to your Emmet County destination.
After studies, surveys and forums conducted in recent years showed a need for an expanded public transit system, Emmet County officials initiated a plan in early 2018 for a countywide service to enhance opportunities and improve mobility for people of all walks of life who live and work in Emmet County.
Straits Regional Ride (SRR), based in Cheboygan County, has been offering limited transit service to parts of Emmet County, providing about 6,000 rides annually. With the help of SRR, a plan was developed for Emmet County to operate its own service, EMGO. This new service, which starts January 2, 2019, adds three new bus routes to the existing SRR service with the goal of increasing the number of rides available inside the county to 18,000 annually.
EMGO will also expand the area receiving service to include those outside the major population centers of Petoskey and Harbor Springs with hours of operation extended to include early morning and late afternoon. With a mix of fixed-route, flex-route and Dial-a-Ride service, EMGO aims to appeal to county residents seeking alternative transportation for some or all of their weekday activities.
With one new bus route providing service along the US 31 corridor from Mackinaw City to Petoskey, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and returning to restart the same route again at 10:45 a.m., people living or staying in Emmet County will now have options for getting to work, school or appointments and for shopping. The route finishes back in Mackinaw City at 6 p.m. each weekday. Though this route focuses on the US 31 corridor, it will also provide Dial-a-Ride service in the southwestern portion of the county and allow for transfer to the Charlevoix County Transit service in the afternoon.
Another new route being offered by EMGO will focus on the Harbor Springs and Alanson areas as well as other portions of Petoskey for morning pick-ups to be dropped off at work places and shopping centers. The bus for this route picks up those morning passengers and returns them back to their original pick-up locations in the afternoon.
The third new bus route to be operated by EMGO will provide Dial-a-Ride service in and around the Petoskey area from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will also supplement the other two bus routes.
EMGO will operate Monday through Friday with a goal to serve all major parts of the county. Emmet County officials hope the additional bus service will enhance daily life in the county by making travel safer, reducing residents’ fuel consumption and overall transportation costs as well as the carbon footprint in our beautiful region of the world. EMGO will provide options for job opportunities, aid in job retention, allow for more participation in recreational activities and other community events to connect all of the great people who live and work in Emmet County.
GET THERE with EMGO!