Macatawa Area Express
|Headquarters||171 Lincoln Ave.|
|Service area||Ottawa County, Michigan|
|Service type||bus service, paratransit|
The Macatawa Area Express is the primary provider of mass transportation in Ottawa County's Holland-Zeeland metropolitan area. The system is named after the Macatawa River, which runs through Holland, Michigan. It was originally established in the year 2000 as an outgrowth of Holland's dial-a-ride bus service. Until July 1, 2007, the system was under Holland city government's direct jurisdiction. Since then, Macawata Area Express has been governed by an independent Transportation Authority board made up of representatives from the City of Holland and Holland Charter Township. The Local Advisory Council, which is made up of students, residents, and persons with disabilities who ride the system, serves as a bridge between the Transportation Authority and MAX riders, evaluating system operations, discussing rider issues and offering solutions.
The MAX system is made up of eight fixed routes and a dial-a-ride service. Except for Route 8, all of the system routes operate within Holland city limits. Louis & Helen Padnos Transportation Center serves as the system hub. Every route converges there at the end of every hour, making it easy for riders to transfer to any route they want. During weekday mornings, riders can also transfer to southwest-bound Pere Marquette train, which links riders to Bangor, St Joseph-Benton Harbor and Chicago.
MAX operates between 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM on weekdays and 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturdays. As of October 2013, MAX introduced a special Twilight Route, which provides evening service through central Holland Monday-Saturday, between 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Fares are $1.00 for adults and $0.50 for children between 5–17 years old. Children younger than five and senior citizens ride for free. MAX also offers a wide variety of passes MAX recorded 316,578 individual trips for 2009, and ridership continues to slowly climb as of March 2010.
- 1 Mall
- 2 Butternut/136th St
- 3 Southshore
- 4 Waverly/120th St
- 5 Washington/South River
- 6 Holland Heights
- 7 Lincoln/South Town
- 8 Zeeland
- 9 Twilight Route
- "MAX Official Website". catchamax.org.