Carpool parking in Greenville explored

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:57 am on Thursday, April 26, 2012

GREENVILLE — A possible ride-share or carpooling parking lot is in the works with the Greater Greenville Transportation Committee.

During the committee’s quarterly meeting Wednesday night at the Courtland Township Hall, Montcalm County Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville discussed the possibility of having ride-share parking at the Meijer store in Greenville.

A ride-share is designed like a carpool where a designated area is approved for people to leave their vehicles and ride together.

“Does Meijer plan to do something like this?” Lindeman asked.

Erick Kind, transportation service manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said he has worked with other Meijer locations such as the Lowell and Cascade locations to develop a similar plan. The previous relationship with the company is why Kind suggested Meijer for something like this in Greenville.

Kind said through the process transportation committee members would have to explain why this is a good idea and estimate where people are going.

“In this case it would be because we have been told people are already doing it and most of them are going south and to Grand Rapids,” Kind said.

Kind suggested the next step would be to contact management at Meijer in Greenville. He also suggested contacting Meijer in Lowell and Cascade to see how things are working out there.

Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen of Montcalm Township said it was a good idea to keep the project moving forward and not wait until the next meeting.

“We don’t want to wait three months on this,” Johansen said.

Dave Bee of the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission said this project might help cut back on people taking up spots close to the Meijer entrances for long periods of time.

Ron Blanding, who represents the city of Greenville on the transportation committee, said he will contact management at Meijer.

In other matters …
• The Greater Greenville Transportation Committee talked to MDOT about getting the school warning lights fixed by Cedar Crest and Baldwin Heights elementary schools. Earlier, they were flashing at the wrong time. Now, according to Tom Lindeman, they are not working at all.
• Remaining transportation committee meetings for the year will be 6:30 p.m. July 25 at Eureka Township Hall and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Courtland Township Hall.

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