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COVID-19 Update from the Michigan Public Transportation Association


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves, Michigan Public Transit Association (MPTA) and Michigan Transportation Connection (MTC) feel it is important to acknowledge the fluidity of the situation and maintain a reasoned and measured response. This message is to update you on our position regarding workplace safety and our efforts to continue serving our members,  clients and community. 

In all situations, the safety of our members and clients is our top priority. Therefore, we have been following the guidance of federal and state agencies, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, to ensure we limit exposure and encourage containment of COVID-19. To that end, all MPTA/MTC staff are working remotely as possible, our East Lansing office is closed to external guests, and all MPTA- and MTC-hosted meetings will switch to a virtual interface. We have made these changes to support our staff as they maintain their health, care for their families, and serve their communities by reducing risk for their neighbors. 

It is out of this spirit of self-care and service that we are able to honor our commitments to our members, clients and partners, many of whom are in the population health and healthcare industries. We aim to remain accessible to you while working alongside you to accomplish priorities that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic and address the issues caused by its impact.

These are difficult times for Michigan, but we want you to know that MPTA & MTC are leveraging all of its information technology infrastructure to facilitate meetings and communicate with stakeholders. We are also actively developing contingency plans to maintain client services in light of evolving circumstances. Should you wish to reach out to us, all MPTA/MTC staff phone numbers are working and should reach their intended recipient.

Our transit system members remain committed to observing the FTA guidelines of daily disinfecting of all buses and frequent disinfecting of high-touch areas in vehicles and buildings. Most public transit agencies remain open and fully functional, unless local governance has deemed otherwise. Transits serve critical needs in their communities and are committed to fulfilling these obligations, unless directed otherwise by national or state directive. 

We have been partners with you for more than 40 years, working together to solve difficult problems—large and small. Today is no different. 

If there is anything we can do to support you, know that MPTA and MTC are here.

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Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Several weeks ago, the Superior Health Foundation partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to provide funding to public schools in the U.P. to assure lunches are available. BCBS and SHF each committed $12,500 in funding to the project.
We're pleased to report that dozens of school districts across the region have been provided funding to help them through the Covid-19 Pandemic.
There are limited dollars still remaining in the fund. If interested in applying, simply visit superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Relief School Meal Funding Application.
The map below and accompanying info show the U.P. counties impacted by this funding. It goes without saying that SHF is tremendously grateful to BCBS of Michigan for engaging SHF on this incredible partnership to feed our children.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
As many of you know, the Superior Health Foundation launched the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund a week ago today to help health-centered, non-profits and organizations across the Upper Peninsula with immediate equipment, sanitary supplies and other other needs. We want to hear from you.
To date, we have funded a number of organizations across the U.P. and we want to do more. We're willing and able to talk, to listen, to help you during this unprecedented time.
To apply for funding, for up to $1,000, simply visit superiorhealthfoundation.org and click on the Covid-19 Pandemic Fund button on the home page.
We also encourage you to give a charitable, tax-deductible git to help support this fund. With your generosity, we can help many, many during this time of angst and uncertainty. You can direct your gift to the area of greatest need, to masks, to cleaning supplies and to office equipment.
Thank you for your tremendous support. If you have questions or needs, simply email shf@superiorhealthfoundation.org.
Superior Health Foundation
Superior Health Foundation
Covid-19 Update on UP Connect/Rides For Wellness for Non-Emergent Medical Transportation in the U.P.
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At this time, public transit agencies across the Upper Peninsula and the MTC ConnectUP Rides To Wellness program are still operating as normal. We are still accepting trip requests and fulfilling them and will continue to do so as long as our transportation partners remain open and functioning.
As everything with the new reality we are living under the Covid-19 pandemic, this situation is fluid and can change on a daily basis. Unless transit agencies are forced to suspend operations, though, we intend to still be able to function and schedule trips.
We are seeing a lot of medical appointments cancelled, some by the medical providers and some by the riders who do not choose to venture out of their homes. We have worked with all of our providers to make sure that vehicles are properly cleaned and disinfected on a regular daily schedule, often several times per day.
We have temporarily suspended further build-out of our transportation provider network and have cut back significantly on bringing on new funding partners; however, due to the uncertainty of the current situation.
All of our MTC employees are currently working remotely from their homes.
We are hopeful that the immediate danger from the coronavirus will pass quickly and that we can resume full operations in the not-too-distant future.