Harbor Transit service likely to debut in GH Township Jan. 1

Residents of the Tri-Cities - and Grand Haven Township in particular - are moving ever closer to being part of the new Harbor Transit service. Following a township vote this spring to allow for service expansion into the township through a millage, the new Harbor Transit Multi-Modal Transportation System authority met Wednesday to discuss the organizational structure of the new group and preliminary plans for the roll-out of bus service to the township.
Alex Doty
Jun 30, 2011

 

Township voters on May 3 approved a 0.95-mill transportation tax, which includes 0.45 mill for the Harbor Transit service.

Based on discussions by the group, the preliminary date for service to begin for residents of Grand Haven Township is Jan. 1, 2012.

“I think that’s fine,” Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said. “We’ll begin to collect money on Dec. 1.”

The new authority also discussed the format of the new service.

“I think the appropriate thing is going to be on-demand service,” Harbor Transit Director Tom Manderscheid said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

Comments

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I believe the passing of the townships mileage to include Harbor Transits extension to the Grand Haven Township reflects a wonderfull sentiment of the township folks in prooviding transportation services to the elderly, disabled, youth and all who are in need of transportation, to utilize services both within the township as well as the Grand Haven City limits.

It is a shame however that after contacting Harbor Transit's Manager on the need to begin service immediately after the vote, to Walmart, which is located on the same street as Meijer and is only seemingly a turn right into a parking lot instead of turning left into a parking lot, was such a bureacratic reflection with a "no" decision until December 2011 and now possibly January 2012, that reflects a non caring of it's customers safety. As it is today, a customer requesting a ride to Walmart will be dropped off at the Meijer parking lot and must cross a very dangerous Constock Avenue where there are no guided crosswalks.

Understanding that the townships mileage has not yielded any immediate funding, it just does not seem to be all that costly to turn right into a parking lot than turning left into a parking lot.

It is my hope that the decision to place customers (many with disabilities) in harms way can be remedied easily with a drop off into the parking lot of Walmart immediately ! This action would be much appreciated and show a true value to the customers of Harbor Transit !!!!

 

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