At their meeting on July 22nd, the MACC Policy Board approved a resolution endorsing the West Michigan Express (WMX) Pilot Project. Since the fall of 2017, over 25 public and private leaders throughout West Michigan have been exploring the concept of a new regional, commuter-based transportation service linking the communities of Holland, Zeeland, Hudsonville, Grandville and Grand Rapids. The service, which is anticipated to begin with coach buses along the Chicago Drive corridor with the potential of eventually converting to passenger rail, will provide a transportation alternative to the more than 27,000 commuters who travel to work between these communities each day. One of the goals of WMX is to establish Chicago Drive as a “prosperity corridor”, to be recognized as a desirable area in which to live, work and run a business thanks to its direct access to express public transportation, job opportunities, vibrant communities, affordable housing, and skilled work force. The WMX task force is working to secure the necessary approvals and funding to launch the three year pilot project, with the hope of operation beginning as soon as the Fall of 2020. Additional information on WMX can be viewed here.
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