Posted on November 12, 2013
Left to Right: City of Flint Mayor, Dayne Walling and son, MTA General Manager, Ed Benning, MTA Board Member, Joe King, U.S. Representative, Dan Kildee, MTA Board Member, John Northrup, MTA Board Member, Mike Zelley.
In honor and gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces, Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority today unveiled a fully wrapped veteran’s bus. The bus wrap was sponsored by the following organizations:
The interior of the bus has bus placards showing the history of wars the United States has fought in from the Revolutionary war to the Afghanistan War. The cards were sponsored by National Fleet Services of Michigan and Ohio and Mobility Transportation Services.
“This bus is in honor of our veterans. It’s the MTA’s way of saying thank you to those that have served in the past and those serving today,” Ed Benning, MTA General Manager said.
“It was important to share this with the community. When you have a mobile billboard, it serves as a daily reminder of how we honor our veterans. We ask that everyone take a moment and thank a veteran.”
The veteran’s bus will be on the road full year, on various routes throughout the community.
Posted on October 10, 2013
The transit system for the greater Holland/Zeeland area officially dedicated and opened its new $4.7 million operations facility on Greenway Drive on Friday, Oct. 4 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and public open house attended by more than 140 guests.
“On behalf of Governor Rick Snyder and the state of Michigan, I'd like to say how proud we are of all your accomplishments. The MAX has come a long way from the ‘Dial-A-Ride’ service that started in 1974,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, who attended the event and spoke on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder.
“Your work ethic and positive attitude have made all of this a reality,” he continued. “This facility that will not only serve customers better, it will improve employee morale and employee engagement. That’s huge. That’s immeasurable.”
Others speaking at the dedication ceremony included former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, who helped secure federal seed earmarks for the project, State Senator Arlan Meekhof, Greg Van Woerkom, district director for Congressman Bill Huizenga, Clark Harder, executive director of the Michigan Public Transit Association, Russ TeSlaa, MAX Board president, and MAX Director Linda LeFebre.
Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, the Greenway facility was opened to the public for lunch and tours. MAX also operated a free shuttle from the Padnos Transfer Center to the new Greenway facility to assist transit-dependent passengers in getting to the open house.
The facility was funded with 80 percent federal capital grants and 20 percent matching state funds. The new 33,500 sq. ft. facility includes an inside bus storage for 28 buses, a conference/training center, central dispatch, office areas, driver lounge and patio, and locker room area. DLZ of Lansing designed the building, which was constructed by Lakewood Construction of Holland.