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Bike Rack Use on MAX Buses Triples Since 2007

Bike Rack Use on MAX Buses Triples Since 2007

The popularity of combining bike riding with bus riding has exploded in the last five years on the Macatawa Area Express (MAX), prompting the Holland transit system to invest in larger racks that can hold three bikes instead of two.

MAX initially invested in two-position bike racks for all buses in its fleet in 2007 and, since that time, seasonal use of the racks has more than tripled. Bike use on the buses begins to increase in March with about 300 per month, and then spikes in June with MAX transporting up to 1,350 bikes during the month.  Use declines again in late fall through February.

Lane closure: WB I-196 BL

Lane closure: WB I-196 BL

Lane closures for road repair will be in place this Monday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on westbound I-196 Business Loop between 92nd and 120th avenues.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

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For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: http://www.michigan.gov/drive

MAX Revising Three Fixed Bus Routes in August

MAX Revising Three Fixed Bus Routes in August

Ridership on the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) is up so sharply that the Holland area transit system will be modifying three of its eight fixed routes in late summer to keep buses running on time.
 
On August 20, MAX will revise Routes 1, 2 and 4 in Holland Charter Township, which serve Holland's north side. Heavier boardings and delays on these routes during peak times are causing the buses to arrive late at the Padnos Transfer Center. To keep these buses on schedule, the routes will be shortened for time.
 
"The 28 percent jump in fixed route ridership in 2011 has created some growing pains," admitted Sherri Cadeaux, MAX marketing and customer service manager. "All the routes need to arrive and depart the Padnos Transfer Center on time to allow passengers to transfer and to maintain a synchronized 50-minute schedule. If one or two buses are consistently arriving late, it creates scheduling problems."
 

Free MAX Rides Wed., June 20 for Clean Air Action Day

Free MAX Rides Wed., June 20 for Clean Air Action Day

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority for the greater Holland/Zeeland area will offer FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20,  because it has been declared a Clean Air Action Day (formerly Ozone Action Day) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Clean Air Action Days are declared by air pollution control agencies when air pollutants rise to levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.  Residents are encouraged to walk, bike, ride share, trip plan, and use public transit instead of driving a single occupant vehicle.  For tips on how to reduce harmful emissions on high air pollutant days, visit the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition’s website at www.wmcac.org or the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council website at www.the-macc.org/.

Free MAX Rides for Clean Air Action Day, Fri. June 15

News Release:

Please be advised that the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority for the greater Holland/Zeeland area will offer FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Friday,  (June 15) because it has been declared a Clean Air Action Day (formerly Ozone Action Day) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Clean Air Action Days are declared by air pollution control agencies when air pollutants rise to levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Clean Air Action Day means FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Sat. June 9

Clean Air Action Day means FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow, Sat. June 9

Please be advised that the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority for the greater Holland/Zeeland area will offer FREE fixed route bus rides tomorrow (June 9) because it has been declared a Clean Air Action Day (formerly Ozone Action Day) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). 

Clean Air Action Days are declared by air pollution control agencies when air pollutants rise to levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups.  Residents are encouraged to use walk, bike, ride share, trip plan, and use public transit instead of driving a single occupant vehicle.  For tips on how to reduce harmful emissions on high air pollutant days, visit the West Michigan Clean Air Coalition’s website at www.wmcac.org.

Total closure: EB M-121 (Chicago Drive), June 11-July 20

Total closure: EB M-121 (Chicago Drive), June 11-July 20

Zeeland Township

Eastbound M-121 (Chicago Drive) will be closed between 72nd and 64th avenues for bridge work this Monday at 7 a.m. through mid July.

Detour: Head south (right) on 72nd Avenue, east (left) on Riley Street and north (left) on 64th Avenue to eastbound M-121.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

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For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive