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Road Closed Near 160th and Perry To Investigate Fumes

If you're driving just North of Lake Macatawa, be aware that Ottawa County authorities have closed 160th Street. It is closed from "5" 160th North to Perry Street. They are investigating a gas leak. It's not known how long the road will stay closed.

New Lesson on Holland History Available Groups and Organizations

New Lesson on Holland History Available Groups and Organizations

‘History of Public Transit’ Presentation Offered by MAX

Last week, members of the Hope [College] Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP) received a 90-minute lesson on the history of public transit in Holland as part of its social studies curriculum and the course is now being made available to other groups and organizations.

MAX Marketing and customer service manager Sherri Cadeaux developed the course for HASP at the group’s request, and researched the early history of public transit along the lakeshore from the 1900s through modern day.

Riders Give MAX Transit High Scores in Annual Survey

Riders Give MAX Transit High Scores in Annual Survey

One hundred percent of Reserve-A-MAX passengers and 97 percent of fixed route riders say they would recommend using the Macatawa Area Express (MAX), and more than half think service has improved in the past year, according to results from the system’s annual passenger survey.
    
MAX conducted its annual survey of passengers using the fixed route and reserved ride service Sept. 17-22.  The survey findings were presented to the MAX Transportation Authority Board at its regular monthly meeting on Monday (Oct. 22) by Larry Strange of MP2 Planning of Muncie, Ind., the market research firm hired to administer the survey and tabulate and analyze results.  This year’s survey also was available on MAX’s website to reach those who didn’t ride the bus during the survey period.  
    

MAX Offers Free Monthly Classes on How to Use the Bus System

MAX Offers Free Monthly Classes on How to Use the Bus System

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) transit system will begin offering free Travel Training classes on a regular basis to residents who are interested in learning how to use the fixed bus route system.
    
“One of the biggest barriers to people using or even trying the bus service is the fear of the unknown,” says Sherri Cadeaux, MAX marketing and customer service manager.  “This class will familiarize them the fixed routes, teach them how to plan trips, and review general procedures and rules so that they’re comfortable and confident riding the MAX.”
    
In the one-hour class, participants will learn destinations served by the fixed routes, reading schedules, planning trips, making transfers, paying fares or using bus passes, and boarding and de-boarding. The class also includes general information about the transit system, and personal travel safety tips.  Classes will be held at:

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

Transportation Website Expands to Four County Area in West Michigan

West Michigan residents in a four county area can now visit one website to find a variety of public and private transportation options if they need a ride for work, school, medical or social service visits, or intercity travel.

The Ottawa County Transit Coalition recently expanded its website, www.lakeshoreridelink.org, to include the counties of Allegan, Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon.  The website, which was first launched in 2010 with transportation providers for Ottawa County only, now includes more than 50 transportation providers with detailed information on their services and costs to help residents find a ride.

New ‘Twilight Route’ Begins Operation Oct. 1

New ‘Twilight Route’ Begins Operation Oct. 1

Many Holland area residents have asked for evening bus service from the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) and, beginning this fall, they’ll get their wish.  On October 1, the MAX transit system will begin operating a new “Twilight” deviated fixed bus route from 7-10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.    

The MAX Authority Board approved the operation of a new 13.6 mile Twilight route at its August 27 board meeting.  The new nighttime route with nearly 30 bus stops will cover as much of the high density urban area as possible in a 50-minute loop to provide nightly transportation to the greatest number of residents.