- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) - The ferry connecting Wisconsin and Michigan has received an overhaul in anticipation of its 13th season.

MLive.com (https://bit.ly/1WsIBxq ) reports that Lake Express’ 12-year-old ship had its bridge and command center overhauled in the offseason, improving its radar and navigation capabilities.

“The bridge really is the brains of the ship,” said Lake Express Vice President of Sales and Marketing Aaron Schultz. “We replaced everything and so far it’s checking out aye OK. This is the stuff that the ship handlers rely on. It’s a 12-year-old ship but in a lot of ways its state-of-the-art.”

The car ferry crosses Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. The trip at about 40 mph takes about 2½ hours. The ferry will make two trips per day through June 14, then up the number of trips to three through Sept. 5.

According to Schultz, this the first time Lake Express has offered three trips a day in June. He said the move is a response to a continued increase in demand.

“Sales have been on a steep, upward curve in the last week compared to early last week,” Schultz said. “There’s a lot of anticipation as we get ready to go on Friday. It feels good, a lot of preparation goes in through the winter. I always say that spring really is here when the ferry is running.”

The ferry can hold 250 passengers and 46 cars for each passage across the lake.

Lake Express will make its first trip of 2016 on Friday.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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