[nfbmi-talk] Access to A World-Class Event FW: Schedule Changes … Take a Bus to ArtPrize … How Motorcoaches Rev the Economy + More

Fred Wurtzel f.wurtzel at att.net
Sat Sep 19 04:21:04 UTC 2015



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Schedule Changes Coming Soon
On October 1, we’ll be making minor changes in the daily schedule for Michigan Flyer-AirRide. Our Eastbound run #8008 will be departing all stops 15 minutes later than it does now, and run #8024 will be leaving 5 minutes later. Westbound run #8007 will be leaving 15 minutes later than it does currently, and run #8013 will depart 10 minutes later. Check our full schedule online here: http://www.michiganflyer.com/ScheduleRoute.aspx <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbiw-ymsckn3&_v=2> .




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Catch a Bus to ArtPrize© 
in Grand Rapids
If you’re up for what could be the art experience of a lifetime, consider a visit to ArtPrize <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbix-ymsckn4&_v=2>  between Sept. 23 and Oct. 11. It’s an international art competition featuring more than 1,500 works of art at 160+ venues across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich. ArtPrize was recently named one of the Top 100 Events in North America <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbiy-ymsckn5&_v=2>  by the American Bus Association.

For the public, it’s absolutely free. For artists from around the world, it’s a chance to show their work and perhaps win one of two $200,000 grand prizes or eight category awards—half decided by public vote, half by a jury of art experts.

With the daily, scheduled routes <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbiz-ymsckn6&_v=2>  of Indian Trails (the parent company of Michigan Flyer), it’s a comfortable, relaxing motorcoach ride to downtown Grand Rapids from dozens of locations across Michigan <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj0-ymsckn3&_v=2> . And it’s very affordable, too. For example, the adult roundtrip fare from Kalamazoo is just $21, East Lansing $29, and Mt. Pleasant $48. 

And if you to stay at one of Grand Rapids’ fine hotels overnight or longer (due to your travel schedule or the sheer size of the exhibition), getting around the city is a snap with a $5 ArtPrize Metro Pass <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj1-ymsckn4&_v=2> . 

Alternatively, how about getting a group together for an “art party”? You can charter a deluxe Indian Trails motorcoach (capacity 30-56 passengers) with amenities like comfortable seating, WiFi, individual climate controls, restrooms, footrests, and 110V outlets. The driver will pick up your group at your designated location, then get you to and from ArtPrize in style. The process is simple. Indian Trails’ customer service folks will happily help you get started. And you can get a quote online in advance <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj2-ymsckn5&_v=2> .


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Meet Co-Founder Cora Taylor
Way back in 1910—that’s 105 years ago and 10 years before women in the U.S. won the right to vote—Cora and Wayne Taylor of Owosso launched Michigan’s first bus company, the “Phillips-Taylor Livery Service.” Specializing in moving passengers and freight from the nearby Durand Union Train Depot to points around Shiawassee County, it would eventually become the state’s largest privately owned bus company—Indian Trails.  

Cora was one of the first drivers for the company. In 1914, she became the first woman in the nation to be issued a chauffeur’s license, and became the first female taxi driver. Soon, the Taylors expanded into inter-city bus service, using a transformed touring car to transport workers in the Owosso area to and from factories in Flint. Michigan’s roads may seem rough today, but back then the roadways were truly tough to navigate—so much so that Cora became an expert at fording creeks and patching tires.

As the company grew—at a time when few women worked in transportation—Cora Taylor served in a variety of roles, including president. In 2006, she was recognized by the Michigan Department of Transportation <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj3-ymsckn6&_v=2>  for her outstanding achievements. 

Fun Facts:
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Did You Know? 
Bus Travel Revs the Economy
Many people realize that riding motorcoaches like ours, which emit near-zero air pollution, is great for the environment <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj5-ymsckn8&_v=2> . But did you also know that bus travel is great for the economy?

That’s because transportation is all about connectivity. For example, Indian Trails—which carries 1 million passengers more than 4.3 million miles annually—has 33 daily, scheduled inter-city routes that extend throughout Michigan and into Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Together with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Greyhound, and Amtrak, its coaches connect people with one another— as well as with places for shopping, dining, business, health care, education, worship, and recreation—and with the national transportation network. 

The upshot of such mobility by the motorcoach industry in Michigan is $3.8 billion in positive impact <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj6-ymsckn9&_v=2>  on the state’s economy every year.

Similarly, Michigan Flyer-AirRide—whose motorcoaches make 12 or 13 roundtrips a day between East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport, depending on your starting point—connects two great university towns with one another and with the world. Michigan Flyer’s 58,000 out-of-state visitors a year collectively spend $83 million in Michigan, and have a total impact of $151 million on the state’s economy. 


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Travel Bargain: Low Fares to Orlando on Frontier Airlines
Beginning Nov. 18, Frontier Airlines will offer low-fare flights between Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) and Orlando, Fla. Airport (MCO). The competition has prompted other airlines to lower prices on DTW-MCO flights, too.
A recent price check found some DTW-MCO roundtrips on Frontier available at around $160-$200. However, a carry-on bag can cost $30 or more, and a checked bag $25 or more. Among Frontier’s higher-cost fare options is “Classic Plus <http://trk.cp20.com/Tracking/t.c?8sb0f-udbj7-ymsckn0&_v=2> ”—meaning fully refundable, no change fees, no fee for one carry-on and one checked bag.

Why Drive?

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