On September 28th, 2020, the Muskegon Area Transit System (MATS) launched a completely redesigned fixed-route transit network designed and planned by Foursquare ITP. This exciting day was the culmination of an 18-month process that began with a Route Study and Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) that we conducted.
Foursquare ITP examined all aspects of transit service in the Muskegon region, including service performance and funding sustainability for a system that had not been substantially revised since 1974. We conducted a comprehensive assessment of MATS’ existing fixed-route and demand-response transit network, as well as the market for transit in the Muskegon region, to determine the system’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
Key features of the redesigned MATS network include the following:
In addition to developing an updated service plan that reflects and supp`orts the current mobility needs of the Muskegon region, the Foursquare ITP team developed an equitable financial plan designed to incentivize the establishment of coalitions of communities to collectively fund fixed-route and microtransit services.
Early rider reviews of the redesigned fixed-route network have been very positive. The addition of microtransit service is expected in early 2021, with an RFP for the service already on the street.