About Laker Line
Familiar with Rapid bus line #50?
Route 50 is the Campus Connector between downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Allendale Campus, operating on the Lake Michigan Drive corridor, traveling along Fulton through the West side of Grand Rapids and to the medical mile. If you ride the bus as a student or live and work in the area it services, you know ridership has increased dramatically in the past few years. In fact, at many times during the day there are more riders than can fit on the buses.
What’s being done?
The Rapid is on it! Following the feasibility study in 2014, they are now in the design phase for the city’s next BRT, the Laker Line. Like the Silver Line that provides an N-S rapid connector through the City, the Laker Line will provide an E-W route. Both routes are interconnected and enhance the multi-modal system in Grand Rapids.
At this point, you may be thinking, “What’s a BRT and why should I care?”
A BRT is a cost-effective way to provide commuters a faster, more efficient way to travel. In fact, several BRT riders in other cities have been quoted as saying, “This bus line rocks!” There are a variety of options available for BRTs that can be customized to meet the needs of the people that ride them and the communities they serve. Imagine a few of the possibilities: exclusive bus lanes, level bus boarding, more seating, off-vehicle fare collection, priority treatment for buses at traffic signals, and real-time passenger info. That’s just the start!
A BRT has the potential to support community and economic development simply by moving more people to more places along the corridor. It also could reduce traffic congestion, help riders save money, and connect more people to job and educational opportunities.
Keep in mind, an integral component of the Laker Line study is what’s wanted and needed locally. A technical advisory committee is leading the design of station locations and system amenities. But it’s YOUR input and feedback that will ultimately define the Laker Line.