How do you get around the Western U.P.?

Whether you are commuting, running personal errands, or taking a leisure trip, chances are that you drive. And when you drive to work,  if you are like three quarters of Western Upper Peninsula residents, you drive alone.

Have you ever wanted a way to get around our area other than driving by yourself? We intend to give you the resources you need to do just that. We are the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR), and we cover Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties.

Carpooling is the second-most-used  commuting method in the Western U.P., at 13 percent. But when trying to set up new carpools, it is very difficult in a large rural region with far-flung population centers to achieve a “critical mass,” or effective minimum number of car-poolers to provide enough ride options to be useful. We provide resources here to help make this happen.

Transit is underused and under-provided in the region. Large areas have no transit accessibility whatsoever, having to rely on taxis and other private companies. Some transit providers have much room for expansion of services, and others simply need to be better publicized. We will give you information about fares, hours and days of operations, routes, and much more.

Non-motorized transportation is considered by many to be primarily a recreational activity, and this is understandable. With that view, this website will provide maps and information about trails and related services and amenities. However, walking or bicycling can also be utilitarian, and we will help you combine these methods with carpooling and transit.

There is no longer any need to call a large number of providers or find transit websites that are long out of date. It?s all right here, up-to-date and accurate–we hope! We want to serve your needs as well as possible, so please provide us input on what we can improve, add, or correct via the contact page.

We hope that websites like ours will eventually blanket the entire state. Here are a couple of examples of others that have been created:

Click here to learn more about the purpose and role of this website and alternative transportation in general.

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