Michigan agency investigating possible plans to shut down Harsens Island ferry in 2016

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CLAY TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The Michigan Public Service Commission is investigating possible plans by the owner of the Harsens Island ferry to shut down operations in 2016.

The Times Herald of Port Huron and The Detroit News report David Bryson told the state he will stop running the ferry if rates aren't increased. The state responded by opening an investigation into Champion's Auto Ferry.

Bryson says the letter was nothing more than a formality and maybe "a counter measure against their strong-arm tactic." Bryson currently charges $8 per car and $16 per axle on trucks for round trips. He says he isn't sure how much of an increase he'll request.

Harsens Island is in St. Clair County's Clay Township. Bryson has been in past disputes with the state agency that regulates the ferry's operations.

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