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MATS new routes
MATS new routes


MUSKEGON, MI (October 29, 2014) – The Muskegon Area Transit System is pleased to announce that its new MARC initiative is ready to hit the road on Monday, November 3, 2014. The first MARC bus is scheduled to leave the downtown Muskegon Herman Ivory Terminal at 7:15 am and head north, traveling through North Muskegon, Lakewood Club, south Whitehall and end its first route cycle at Water and Church Street in Montague.

Riders are encouraged to meet the first bus at that location from 8 am to 10 am to join MATS staff and radio partner WMUS in a celebration of cider and donuts and giveaways. Up to 30 attendees will have the first opportunity to ride the bus around the White Lake area on its inaugural run at no cost that morning. Special tickets will be made available for a free, round-trip rides on the 8:15am, 8:38am, 9:15am, 9:38am and 10:15am departures from the Water and Church Street Location. “The best way to get to know the bus system is to get on and ride,” said Jim Koens, MATS Transit Systems Manager. “We want to take the mystery out of this new service that can sometimes seem intimidating to new riders. We will be on hand that morning to answer questions and help folks get acquainted with MARC.”

In addition to the Montague run and White Lake runs, the first bus to the new Holton route will depart the Herman Ivory Terminal at 8:15am. This route also runs Wednesday. The first run to Ravenna will leave the terminal on Tuesday at 8:15 am and also runs Thursday. Fares for the new route are slightly different than the current bus service, due to length of the runs. Standard fares are $2.50 with Senior and Disabled fares at $1.25.


In addition to staff being available opening morning, MATS continues to schedule “How to Ride the Bus” seminars to further aid new riders. The upcoming schedule is listed below. Riders are also encouraged to frequent www.matsbus.com for additional upcoming seminar times and locations.

Upcoming seminar locations and times are as follows:

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Shawl Apartments - Montague
9:30am – 10:00am.
Shawl Apartments - Whitehall
10:15am - 10:45am    Friday, October 31, 2014
Montague Farmer’s Market  9:00am – 10:00pm Former Masonic Lodge  396 W Clay Avenue

Downtown Muskegon

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Ravenna Township Hall
3770 Blackmer Road
9:00am – 11:00am


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ravenna Village Business Office

12090 Crockery Creek Drive

10:00am – 12:00pm

Monday, November 10, 2014
Sullivan Township Hall
3:00pm – 4:00pm


MARC route and schedule information is available from several locations in these communities and also on www.matsbus.com. Keep up with route and MATS information by liking Muskegon Area Transit System on Facebook.