MPSC dismisses case T-1862 - investigation into ferry rates, fares, charges, or tariffs.
T-1862 (E-Docket Case # U-01862):
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On June 16, 2011, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) dismissed its investigation into the rates, fare, charges and tariffs applicable to each ferry company servicing Mackinac Island for 2011.
In its order, the MPSC noted that between March 24 and April 26 each of the ferry companies affected by the investigation filed their respective schedule of newly proposed rates, fares and charges with the Commission. Upon 30 days after filing (as required by the Carriers by Water Act), and in the absence of an order to suspend by the Commission, the schedules of rates, fares, and charges for the 2011-2012 season for each of the ferry companies servicing Mackinac Island became effective.
The Commission, therefore, found that the reasons relied upon for initiating its investigation have abated and that the case should be dismissed without prejudice.
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BACKGROUND: On Feb. 4, Shepler's, Inc. filed a petition and complaint with the MPSC under the Carriers by Water Act (Public Act 246 of 1921) seeking emergency and interim relief.
On February 8, 2011, the MPSC commenced an investigation into the rates, fares, charges and tariffs of the ferry companies that intend to serve the communities of the City of Mackinac Island, the City of St. Ignace, and the Village of Mackinaw City during 2011.
The MPSC found there was sufficient facts alleged for the Commission to immediately commence an investigation as provided by Section 4 of the Carriers By Water, Act 246 of 1921