The bus system operates in these communities — plus Lloyds Bayou Senior Complex, Heartwood Lodge, Oakcrest Manor and Orchard Foods in Spring Lake Township — whisking people away to medical appointments, shopping trips, school and work.
And there is talk of an expanded service to include all those in Spring Lake Township.
Harbor Transit officials recently attended a Spring Lake Township Board meeting and pitched their plan; however, the reception wasn’t as warm as might be expected.
Some on the board questioned the need for the service in the township, noting the lack of a large retailer like Meijer or Wal-Mart to send people to. Others wondered whether residents would support another tax since there are other ballot initiatives up for a vote in November.
Despite these reservations, we think expansion of Harbor Transit into the township is a logical next step.
The Township Board should cast aside their reservations and give voters the final say on this issue. They are the ones who would eventually utilize the service.
There are countless residents — from senior citizens to children to those who need a ride to work — who could rely on Harbor Transit. Despite all having different governing bodies, Northwest Ottawa County is essentially one community, and a bus service that serves everyone seems logical.
Residents as far south of Grand Haven Township should have the opportunity to get to a place in Spring Lake Township, and vice versa.
A good transit system linking all of the region’s communities could also be key to enticing new businesses and residents to the area.
It’s unfortunate township officials didn’t hop on board when talk began of expanding the service into both Spring Lake and Grand Haven townships back in 2010. Let’s hope Spring Lake Township officials hitch a ride now and give voters an opportunity to decide.
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