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Go West Transit
About Go West
Go West Transit is in operation to provide quality fixed route public transportation services that enhance and improve quality of life for all people in Macomb.
Our primary purpose is to transport citizens from their residences to areas of high public demand in Macomb. Our routes are designed with the general public in mind, but we pay special attention to the following groups:
- Senior Citizens
- Public Housing
- Families with unmet transportation needs
- Primary and Secondary school students
- WIU students
The History of Go West
Western Illinois University students vote overwhelmingly (78%) to assess a fee on themselves for the purpose of providing a bus system.
Red Route 1 starts service in a snowstorm. 1200 riders ride in the first day. Go West's fleet consisted of 3 buses.
Go West became a provider in the McDonough County Public Transportation system, and Gold Route 7 started service.
First year ridership was 648,891. White Route 6 began service.
The first summer service was available on campus.
Fleet size increased to 10 buses (none of them new).
Green Route 2 starts counterclockwise service for the first time around campus and into the northwest quadrant of Macomb. Ridership is now 830,601. Go West receives its first new bus, a 2001 Bluebird.
Go West is granted money for six new buses to be delivered and put into service in the fall of 2004. Ridership is now 896,597.
Service expanded to three buses on Route 1 six hours a day, and Route 2 is modified to go through the North Quad to help efficiencies in the North Charles Street area. Ridership is now 921,786.
The original 35-foot 1983 Gillig buses that Go West used are disposed of. Ridership is now over one million per year (1.09 million)
Go West receives a Downstate Operating Grant and planning money for a garage. Three additional new buses are to be delivered during the fiscal year. Ridership is now 1.18 million riders.
Go West now operating nine routes, and 15 peak buses. Ridership up 13% to 1.35 million.