Keeping Business in Michigan…

governorGov. Rick Snyder recognized Midwest Bus Corp for its “keep business in Michigan” attitude during his October visit to the Owosso-based bus remanufacturing company.

Midwest was celebrating a new two-year $31.4 million contract to remanufacture 192 buses for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. They plan to increase their staff to more than 100 before the end of the year.

Midwest Bus works with 400 Michigan suppliers, making it a great example of Michiganders helping other Michiganders. The new contract will bring more business to many of these suppliers. “Michigan companies helping each other is something we strive for and here’s a company that’s been doing it for decades,” Snyder said.  (MLive, photo by Jake May)


Trip Barker Transit App

Wins Philippine Challenge

appwinnersTrip Barker took home the winning honors in a three-month hack-at-home competition to develop an app that would ease commuting in the megacities of Cebu and Metro Manila in the Philippines.

The Philippine Transit App Challenge was the first in Southeast Asia.

“I commend all of the participants for spending the last three months being a part of the solution to one of our country’s toughest problems,” said  Philippine Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya during Awards Night at the University of the Philippines campus in Quezon City.

According to the official online journal of the Republic of the Philippines, “The competition is in line with the transport agency’s push for open data, which entails releasing government information to the public for better transparency, promoting innovation through the use of information technology, and enhancing the delivery of government services.”

Trip Barker is a community-based trip planner for mass transit systems through which users can share real-time weather, traffic, and events with their community.  (Republic of Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications)

Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin 

Work on Building Rail Service

railmapThree Northern Michigan counties (Iron, Ontonagon, and Dickinson) have joined Wisconsin’s Northwoods Rail Transit Commission to support the growth of rail service in the region.

The commission is working to sustain and enhance reliable and efficient rail service critical to the businesses, communities and economies of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

“We believe that improving our freight rail service will help existing businesses reduce transportation costs and new businesses consider our region for expansion or relocation,” says NRTC Chair Wendy Gehlhoff.  The Northwoods Rail Transit Commission officially formed in May 2012. (Park Falls Herald)



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Traveling Blue…

Where Can I Go for 75 Cents?

Local and Commuter Routes

Blue Water Area Transit’s regular one-way fare is 75 cents to travel to a variety of places in St. Clair County and all the way, along the commuter route, to Macomb County. One of these places is Meijer.



Meijer started in Greenville, MI, 1934. It’s the Great Depression, food is scarce, and Hendrik Meijer meets the needs of a small town with a small grocery store and fair prices. Jump to 1962 and Meijer is pioneering the first supercenter, which now offers a complete one-stop shopping experience, from Grocery and Health and Beauty Care to over 40 other departments including Fashion, Automotive, Home Decor, Pharmacy, Electronics, Pets and more…

Today, with over 190 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, Meijer describes itself as continuing to handle business based on the simple philosophy that led Hendrik to start this business in the first place: “…take care of your customers, team members, and community… and all of those will take care of you, just like a family.” Having been family-owned for over 75 years, Meijer is as much about family as it is about business.

Meijer is located at 4475 24th Avenue in Fort Gratiot Township.  Go to the DESTINATIONS in the menu at the top of this page for information about other places you can travel to aboard BWAT buses.


Til Next Time,

Jim Wilson
BWAT General Manager




About Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is General Manager at Blue Water Area Transit
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