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MAX Marks Ridership Milestone with ‘Passenger Appreciation Week’ Jan. 16-20
MAX Marks Ridership Milestone with  ‘Passenger Appreciation Week’ Jan. 16-20

Sometime next week, the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) anticipates reaching a major milestone:  its 3,000,000 boarding since its inception in the year 2000.

To commemorate the event, the Holland area transit system has planned week long activities for “Passenger Appreciation Week,” which begins 9 a.m. Monday, January 16 with a public kick-off celebration and reception at the Louis and Hellen Padnos Transportation Center in downtown Holland. The greater Holland/Zeeland community is invited to attend.

The kick-off celebration includes remarks from elected officials and community leaders, continental breakfast, and a complimentary ride for attendees on one of MAX’s fixed routes at 10 a.m. MacMedia also will be on site to videotape congratulatory messages from attendees who want to congratulate or thank MAX for providing three million rides and to its passengers for using the service.

Speakers for Monday’s kick-off celebration include MAX Authority Board Chairperson Polly Diehl, Congressman Huizenga’s District Director Greg VanWoerkom, Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra, Holland Township Supervisor Terry Nienhuis, Holland Chamber of Commerce President Jane Clark, and Disability Network/Lakeshore Director Todd Whiteman.

During Passenger Appreciation Week, MAX also is sponsoring a Facebook photo contest, “Catch ‘em Riding.” Passengers are asked to post photos of themselves riding or using the MAX to the transit system’s page.  The subject in the posted Facebook photo with the most “likes” will be named the symbolic “3 Millionth Passenger.”  The photo contest runs from 6 a.m. Jan. 16 to 4 p.m. Jan. 19. 

The special week will end with celebratory cake being served at the Padnos Center lobby and all of the Facebook photos, including the winner of the photo contest, on display. 

The full schedule of Passenger Appreciation Week events includes:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Facebook “Catch ‘em Riding” Photo Contest Begins, 6 a.m. Passengers are encouraged to post as many photos of themselves riding the bus on MAX’s Facebook page all week. The subject of the photo with the most “likes” will be named the 3,000,000 passenger on Jan. 20. 

Kickoff Celebration, 9:00 a.m., Padnos Center:  Speakers include MAX Board Chairperson Polly Diehl, Congressman Bill Huizenga’s District Director Greg VanWoerkom, Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra, Holland Township Supervisor Terry Nienhuis, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce President Jane Clark, and Disability Network/Lakeshore Director Todd Whiteman. 

Videotaping of Congratulatory Messages, 9:15-10 a.m., Padnos Center conference room.

Kick-off Ride, 9:50-10:50 a.m., Padnos Center:  Guests at the kick-off celebration are invited to take a complimentary ride on the MAX on one of the fixed bus routes.  MAX will be distributing "I'm ONE in 3,000,000" stickers to all passengers during the week.

Padnos Center Tour, 4-4:30 p.m., Padnos Center:   Learn about the history of the Padnos Center and MAX on this short walking tour.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

“Make It a Green Year,” 12:15 p.m., Herrick Public Library:   A free public presentation Anne Saliers of the Holland Board of Public Works (BPW) and Sherri Cadeaux of MAX.  Learn how to reduce your home energy use and transportation costs and reduce your carbon footprint on the earth. Attendees will receive a free reusable grocery bag or a green soccer tee shirt, compliments of the BPW and MAX.   

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"2 for 1 Day,” 7 a.m.-6 p.m.  Residents are encouraged to give public transportation a try by riding with a friend.  A guest rides the fixed routes for free with every full or half fare paying customer.   

Padnos Center Tour, 4-4:30 p.m., Padnos Center:  Learn about the history of the Padnos Center and MAX on this short walking tour.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

“Personal Safety Travel Trips,” 1 p.m., Padnos Center:  Sgt. Lisa Banseck of the Holland Police Department will give a free presentation on personal safety tips for pedestrians, runners, bicyclists and bus passengers as well as some Homeland Security precautions for public transportation.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Unveiling of the Symbolic 3,000,000th Passenger, 3 p.m., Padnos Center:  MAX serves up complimentary cake and names its symbolic 3,000,000 passenger selected from its Facebook photo contest.  Passengers all week are asked to post photos of them riding the bus on MAX’s Facebook page. The subject of the photo with the most “likes” will be named the 3,000,000 passenger.

MAX began operating three simple fixed routes in 2000 when it was operated by the City of Holland.   In 2006, an Authority was formed by the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township to oversee the transit system.  Two years later, the fixed routes were expanded from three to eight and ridership grew rapidly.  In 2012, MAX expects to provide 450,000 rides.  Approximately six percent of residents use the MAX, which is twice the national average for comparable cities and small urban transit systems.

For more information, persons can visit www.catchamax.org or call MAX at (616) 355-1010.

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