A Better Way to Go

A visual exploration of amenities on the new Laker Line!

Traffic signal priority

allows buses to catch green lights to reduce travel times.

Traffic signal priority

Connects with the Silver Line in Downtown GR

to create a BRT network.

Connects with the Silver Line in Downtown GR

Operates like a train

but 1/10 of the cost to build.

Operates like a train

Longer compressed natural gas vehicles

lowers operating costs.

Longer compressed natural gas vehicles

Wi-fi on all buses

for riders to work and play on the go.

Wi-fi on all buses

Robust covered stations

provide snow melt, real-time arrival info, emergency phones, bike racks, and security cameras.

Robust covered stations

Level platforms & precise bus docking

create faster and safer boarding.

Level platforms & precise bus docking

Automated fare payment at each station

allows faster boarding.

Automated fare payment at each station

A message of thanks to our community

We are pleased to announce that the Federal Transit Administration has recommended to include the Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the President’s 2017 federal budget. Throughout the two-year planning phase, we have seen the value of reaching out to the public, and your opinions have helped guide the process and inform the decisions to produce the best possible plan for the Laker Line. With the success of our planning phase behind us, we are now embarking on building the State of Michigan’s second-ever BRT line. We extend our heartfelt thank you to all who participated and contributed to the development of the Laker Line BRT. It could not have been done without you!

Where we are

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Spring/Summer 2016:

Funding request sent to Congress

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Fall 2016:

Federal and state funding appropriation

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Winter 2017:

Funding Approval, ground breaking celebration

Location

Spring – Fall 2017:

Construction

Location

Spring – Summer 2018:

Ride the Laker Line

Where we're going

Define the Laker Line

The Laker Line is coming soon. Construction is slated to begin in the winter of 2017, with service in 2018. The Laker Line will be faster than the current Route 50 with platform level boarding, advanced ticketing, traffic signal prioritization, and three doors for quicker loading and unloading. The vehicle will even be extra long, providing passengers a more comfortable ride.

The Laker Line will connect Grand Valley State University’s main campus in Allendale with its downtown campus and the Medical Mile. Students, faculty, neighbors, and all Grand Rapidians will have a direct, more predictable and less congested travel experience. What’s more, the Laker Line will share stations with the Silver Line, creating a more robust rapid transit network in our community.