As the 2016 New Year begins, many of us have set goals and resolutions that we want to accomplish throughout the year. Have you ever considered adding riding public transportation to your resolutions? If you’ve never taken a MAX Transit bus, this is a great year to start! As an incentive, the first 5 people stop by The Depot and mention that they read this blog will receive a FREE complimentary bus pass!

Here are 8 reasons to try riding MAX Transit this year:

1. Stay Healthy

Is exercising on your New Year’s resolution list? According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), an average adult needs a minimum of 22 minutes of exercise of every day. Walking to and from our fixed route bus stops can help you clock those miles each day!

2. Save Money

Here are our 2016 fares for our fixed routes:

Children 5 and under: FREE
Children 5 – 17: $.50
Adults 18 – 64: $1
Seniors 65 and older: FREE
ADA Passengers: FREE

As you can see, our fixed route service is extremely affordable! If you plan on qualifying and utilizing our Reserve-A-MAX service, that is only $5 each way (this $5 charge for Reserve-A-MAX service is subject to be $2 based on qualifying elements such as being an ADA passenger and if you’re 65 and older).

3. Your Gas Tank Will Thank You

Did you know that the average cost of owning and operating a car is roughly $8000? That’s a lot of money! According to the APTA, if you choose to ride public transportation instead of driving for one year, you can see savings up to $10,000! Think of all that gas money you would be saving.

4. Explore the Holland and Zeeland Communities

MAX Transit has over 400 conveniently located fixed route bus stops throughout the Holland, MI and Zeeland, MI communities. Whether you want to shop Downtown Zeeland or visit the historic Holland area, MAX can get you close to a variety of things to do throughout the community!

5. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Go green by riding MAX! Mass transit in general produces 95% less carbon monoxide per passenger than a private vehicle. A single person commuting on a 20-mile round-trip can reduce their annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year, just by choosing to use public transportation instead of personal vehicle.

6. Spend Time Doing the Things You Love

Do you like reading a good book, listening to jamming tunes, or just conversing with people? By choosing to ride a MAX bus, you will have time to do things that you love to do while on the bus and waiting to get to your destination.

7. Avoid Parking Headaches

No one likes to stress about finding that perfect parking spot. Let us do the driving and parking for you! Our fixed route buses stop at numerous locations and can be a great alternative to finding a parking spot in a congested area.

8. We Allow Carry-On Bags

That’s right! Every passenger is allowed to bring two grocery sized bags on the bus. Do you have a small animal (such as a dog or cat) that needs to go to a vet appointment? They are also allowed in an approved small animal carrier.  Please view our courtesy rules for more specific information.

As you can see, there are many benefits to choosing to ride MAX Transit…especially in 2016! Do you have more in-depth questions? Contact our Customer Service team at 616-355-1010. They are here to help! You can also reach out to us through our online contact form, and will get back to you as soon as possible.

**Special Note**

We love to see pictures of passengers riding on the bus! Share all of the photos you take on your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #RideMaxTransit. We just might share your photo on our social media accounts!

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