Local Briefing

MAPS changes bus routes

MARQUETTE — Marquette Area Public Schools has made some changes to its transportation system.

The school district, in a news release, said over the years it has seen a decline in ridership of students. Its buses, which are rated at 77 passengers, have been operating at less than 50 percent capacity on many routes.

Superintendent Bill Saunders tasked its transportation department in the spring to become more efficient. To accomplish this task, the transportation department has expanded some routes for students in sixth through 12th grades. Buses will make fewer stops while picking up more students at each stop, which are called common or pocket stops. MAPS has used these for years, but the practice is being expanded, officials said.

The district provided the additional following facts:

≤ K-5 transportation is essentially unchanged;

≤ The same geographical area will be covered;

≤ Students will seldom, if ever, be required to cross a main thoroughfare; and

≤ For school districts that elect to transport general education students, state law requires only that a school transport outside a 1¢ mile radius. MAPS transports within a .25-.5-mile radius for K-5 students.

For more details, contact the transportation department at 906-225-5774 or Saunders at 906-225-4200.

Front Street improvements

MARQUETTE — The 100 and 200 blocks of North Front Street in Marquette will undergo streetscape improvements beginning Tuesday, according to an announcement from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

The project includes replacement of the brick pavers with a combination of plain and stamped colored concrete, as well as repair and replacement of deteriorated curbing, addition of street trees, and installation of electrical outlets in the tree guards.

Traffic shifts will be necessary to accommodate the project; however, access to North Front Street businesses will remain open during the project duration. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.