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MTA to hold ribbon cutting for State Road facility

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper

RICHFIELD TWP. — The new Genesee County Mass Transportation Authority service center at 3227 N. State Rd. will be unveiled to the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony, April 16.

MTA spokesperson Laurie Mitchell told the Davison Township Board of Trustees, Monday, the center would be holding a grand opening to show off the new Davison Your Ride Center.

The new facility has eight storage bays, a wash bay for the vehicles and storage for propane and unleaded fuel.

“We were housed in the DPW (Department of Public Works) garage in Davison,” said Mitchell. “This is quite an upgrade for us.”

She said more than 500,000 people use Your Ride services in Genesee County annually. MTA is also seeing an increase in use of its Rides to Wellness service, which helps get people to medical appointments.

“We have 63 cars on the road and it will be 100 soon,” said MTA General Manager/CEO Ed Benning, who was also at the meeting. “We’ve been asked by the federal government to be a model for the rest of the country.”

He said the nature of the MTA is transforming with special services and a unique fleet of cars.

The Rides to Wellness will get customers to medical appointments, sometimes to places they would normally ask for a non-emergency ambulance run, for a fee of $30 a round trip.

“This is a premium service,” he said. “It’s unnecessary for ambulances to do this.”

The ribbon cutting is April 16 at 10 a.m. Officials from Davison, Davison Township, Richfield Township and Forest Township will be in attendance.

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