Going to see grandma in Wisconsin just got easier, and cheaper, at least through Oct. 12. Thanks to an ever-increasing number of wind power farms dotting the landscape, the car ferry SS Badger, which steams between Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis., is extending its season.
Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC) is scheduling the Badger for additional round trip evening crossings from today through Oct. 12.
To encourage passenger travel during these additional evening crossings, LMC will be offering a 40 percent discount on passenger and vehicle fares. According to Pat McCarthy, VP of Shore Operations for Lake Michigan Carferry, "The demand for additional crossings is great news and will offer additional fall travel options for our passengers and added benefit to our staff and port cities.
"LMC has provided cost effective transportation for over-dimensional commercial business and wind towers for the past several years. The need to offer additional crossing to accommodate commercial business once again demonstrates the important transportation option that the SS Badger provides," McCarthy adds.
Many of these commercial loads are 150 feet long and weigh over 150,000 pounds. To view the transportation of these massive wind towers and over-dimensional commercial loads visit the Badger's YouTube channel at http://www.yourtube.com/ssbadgerferry.
Information pertaining to the special reduced passenger fares during the newly scheduled evening crossings are available by calling toll free 1-800-841-4243. The Badgers normal departure times will be continued. - (weather pending)
Departure from Ludington, MI at 9AM (ET) arriving in Manitowoc, WI at 12:00 noon (CT)
Departure from Manitowoc, WI at 2PM (ET) arriving in Ludington, MI at 7PM (ET)
Departing Ludington, MI at 8:30PM (ET) arriving in Manitowoc, WI at 11:30AM (CT)
Departing Manitowoc, WI at 1AM (CT) arriving in Ludington, MI at 6AM (ET)
Badger fans also received good news when LMC agreed to limit and then eliminate dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan on its crossings in 2015. The ash dumped into mid-lake as a water slurry contains contaminants like mercury by installing an ash retention system onboard, making the Badger the first ever to do so. The ship is the last coal-powered passenger vessel operating in the United States.