MPSC Starts Investigation into Possible Termination of Service by Champion's Auto Ferry, Inc. Between Harsens Island and Algonac
Contact: Judy Palnau, 517-241-3323
Agency: Michigan Public Service Commission
August 14, 2012 - The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed Champion's Auto Ferry, Inc. to submit a proposal within 120 days regarding the means of continuing to assure safe and reliable transportation service to and from Harsens Island after the retirement of David Bryson, president and CEO of the company.
Bryson on July 27 submitted a letter to the Commission indicating his intention to retire in the near future and stating that his letter serves as "official notice" that the company intends to discontinue ferry service at some point in the future.
Today's order directs the company to publish a notice of opportunity to comment in a newspaper of general circulation serving Harsens Island and Algonac by Sept. 14. The notice of hearing shall also be displayed in a manner that is visible to the public on the company's docks on both sides of the river channel.
In addition, the commission's executive secretary was directed to provide notice to Clay Township, the City of Algonac, and St. Clair County. The executive secretary will also provide notice of opportunity to comment to Harsens Island St. Clair Flats Association, the Harsens Island Transportation Authority, and the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Interested parties may file comments on Champion's Auto Ferry's proposal and other related matters by 5 p.m. on Jan. 30, 2013. All comments should reference Case No. U-01867. Written comments should be sent to: Executive Secretary, Michigan Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 30221, Lansing, MI 48909. Electronic comments may be emailed to: email@example.com. Comments and other documents received in this proceeding will become public information, posted on the Commission's website, and subject to disclosure.
The MPSC staff is directed to review the company's proposal and the comments and file a report by March 1, 2013 with recommendations for moving forward with the transition.
The MPSC is an agency within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
Case No. T-1867/U-01867
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Notice From MPSC Regarding Ferry
Following is a link to an article in the Detroit Free Press and a notice from the Michigan Public Service Commission regarding possible termination of ferry service.
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