“The entire system transported 7,360 passengers in that two-week period, which translates into a 30-percent increase over the same period of a year ago,” Grand Haven Transportation Director Tom Manderscheid said.
Township voters approved a five-year, 0.95-mill increase in property taxes that set aside funds for Harbor Transit in May 2011. This allowed expansion into the township.
“We’ve known for some time that the need existed in the township for bus service to the schools, for shopping, and to help get people to and from work, and we are pleased to be able to address those needs,” Manderscheid said.
Harbor Transit provides on-demand service in Ferrysburg, Spring Lake Village, Grand Haven and Grand Haven Charter Township. Unlike services in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, there are no predetermined routes and stops.
During peak hours of the $2 million-a-year operation, there are a total of 16 buses on the road covering 39 square miles. Harbor Transit has a total of 18 buses and two trolleys.
Area residents say they are already noticing the benefits.
“It is really good,” said Grand Haven Township resident Teresa McKay. “I usually don’t have to wait too long.”
Harbor Transit operates from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. People may call 842-3200 for service.
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