“Ridership for last year increased about 21 percent,” Harbor Transit Marketing Director Dennis Swartout said. “It is affordable and very accessible.”
There were 188,430 riders last year, compared to 155,643 in 2011, Swartout said.
“We’d seen an increase every month over the past few months,” he said. “I think that it is due to the addition of the township.”
Harbor Transit began service to Grand Haven Township last year after township voters approved a transportation millage.
The buses also provide services to the cities of Grand Haven and Ferrysburg and Spring Lake Village. They also service Lloyd’s Bayou Senior Apartments, Heartwood Lodge and Orchard Market in Spring Lake Township.
Grand Haven Township Manager Bill Cargo said the amount of riders in the township equates to between 6 and 6.5 rides per township resident, a number he said reflected well on the service use.
“We’re well above the national average and well above the average in Michigan,” he said.
“It’s just a tremendous benefit to those people who are getting back and forth,” Swartout said. “We certainly expect that those numbers will continue to grow.”
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