Michigan Mobility Challenge designed to address transportation gaps

Each year, at the end of May, Michigan’s government, industry, and nonprofit leaders get together on Mackinac Island for a few days to discuss the day’s most pressing political issues. It’s a popular place to announce new policies and programs.

This year, Gov. Rick Snyder used the Mackinac gathering to unveil the Michigan Mobility Challenge, a new $8 million grant initiative designed to address transportation gaps for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Trevor Pawl, who heads up the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s PlanetM program, says mobility was one of the themes this year on Mackinac as state leaders continue to get a better understanding of the promise and pitfalls associated with developing self-driving technologies. Because of its ties to the automotive industry, Michigan is one of the national centers of mobility research and development.


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