West Michigan’s Tri-Cities, Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, are fortunate to have a user-friendly, reasonably priced, demand-response bus service called Harbor Transit. In the summer, Harbor Transit offers narrated trolley rides also. Harbor Transit, formerly Dial-a-Ride has been providing on-demand, door to door bus service to residents in the Tri-Cities for over 35 years. Simple phone call to Harbor Transit at (616) 842-3200 anytime between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m Monday through Friday and 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday brings a bus to your door and takes you anywhere in the Tri-Cities. Harbor Transit also has special Sunday hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a 24-Hour reservation. How much does Harbor Transit’s door-to-door bus service cost? Here’s the fare rate schedule from the Harbor Transit website:
19-59 years $1.50
60 years and older $.75
18 years and under $.75
Disabled and persons with Medicare card $.75
4 and Under free with paying adult (limit two free riders)
Riders may also purchase bus passes, giving them 11 rides for the price of 10. Harbor Transit buses are ideal transportation for senior citizens. Buses have handicapped accessible ramps, extra wide aisles, extra large, comfortable seats, air-conditioning and seat belts. Harbor Transit drivers are very courteous and professional. Harbor Transit provides free runs to Meijers and D & W for seniors on Wednesdays. Wait time for a bus is usually less than 15 minutes. Length of ride is usually reasonable, except for morning school runs. Those can take awhile, but the bus is comfortable.
No advance reservation is necessary, except for the Sunday service. Harbor Transit does accept and encourage scheduling rides for frequent flyers. You can set up daily rides for regular activities. Harbor Transit operates a student bus run that takes students to all schools in the Grand Haven and Spring Lake School Districts, except Spring Lake High School, Grand Haven High School and Robinson Elementary, which are out of district. A special run goes to West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics in Ferrysburg and St. Mary’s School in Spring Lake. Harbor Transit takes excellent care of it’s riders, especially children. On one occasion, my husband picked my daughter up from school. She normally rode Harbor Transit home from school. We had forgotten to alert Harbor Transit. The dispatcher called my cell phone at work to make sure that they had not missed picking her up. On another occasion, my older daughter had to be rushed to the hospital from school. My care was gone so I called Harbor Transit. The dispatcher sent a bus over immediately. That’s just how they operate at Harbor Transit.
During the summer, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Harbor Transit also operates a downtown trolley service seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (after the Musical Fountain). Trolley rides feature narrated tours of Grand Haven and make excellent field trips for school groups and homeschoolers.
For more on Harbor Transit, visit the website here.