Beach trolley planned

Visitors to Grand Haven's beach may soon have an easier way of getting to and from the summer hot spot. Grand Haven officials are looking to implement a Harbor Transit beach route to alleviate congestion and parking problems near Lake Michigan and the City Beach.
Alex Doty
Apr 13, 2012


“I hope it takes off because it will solve a lot of problems we have down there,” City Councilman Mike Fritz said. “I think it’s really good.”

Once implemented, temporary signs would be placed around town directing people to designated parking areas at the shopping plaza at Beacon Boulevard and Taylor Avenue.

“The really great thing about that plan is its shared parking and it really creates a destination,” said Sam Janson, assistant to City Manager Pat McGinnis. “It is a really marketable area.”

Janson said if those lots fill up, city officials would look at expanding the parking areas to Lakeshore Middle School and possibly the Mary A. White Elementary School lot.

Preliminary plans call for the beach service to run Saturdays and Sundays during the summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Hours would be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and riders would be charged $1 for a round-trip ticket.

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