Harbor Transit eligible for $482K grant

The provider of mass transit for the Grand Haven area learned this week that is eligible for a nearly $500,000 federal grant.
Alex Doty
Jul 26, 2012


“We’ve been selected,” Harbor Transit Director Tom Manderscheid said. “That is the biggest hoop to jump through.”

Manderscheid said the Federal Transportation Administration has offered $482,240 to help update Harbor Transit's fleet of 18 buses and two trolleys.

The Grand Haven service is one of 255 agencies across the country that received funding, out of 836 applicants, totaling more than $4 billion in requests.

“We feel really fortunate and pleased to be selected,” Manderscheid said. “I believe senators Stabenow and Levin, and Rep. Huizenga had something to do with that.”

With the funding, Harbor Transit will replace four of its aging 26-foot diesel buses in its fleet that have met or exceeded their useful lives with new 26-foot, low-floor buses. Manderscheid said the buses set to be replaced were purchased in 2002 and are designed to last only seven years.

“In a lot of ways, we’ve extended the useful life 42 percent longer than is normal,” he said.

Once new buses are purchased, the old ones will be sold. The new buses will ensure continued transit operations and lower maintenance costs, Manderscheid noted.

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I wonder if this nearly $500,000 grant will create jobs at some point in the area. There is an abundance of good CDL Class B Drivers with Air Brakes with "P" Endorsements in need of jobs right now. Most employers look down at you because of your age and if you have been out of work for a long time. A bad economy is not a good enough excuse to the majority of them. From my understanding it's who you know in order to obtain employment with the Harbor Transit. Pretty much the same story with most employers for that matter. Watch the negative feedback come in from this post.


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