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Bus riders have their say on Laker Line design

One-day opening of Fulton Street ‘pop-up’ transit plaza under US-131 offers innovative forum to spur engagement and spark ideas on The Rapid’s new BRT route connecting Grand Rapids and GVSU’s Allendale Campus in 2018. Read Full Article >

Laker Line project asks for student feedback

On April 20, representatives of the newly redesigned Laker Line held an event open to all students to introduce Grand Valley State University’s fresh concept for busing. Busing is a very important part of many student's lives at GVSU. The Route 50 is responsible for getting students between the Allendale and Pew campuses each and every day. Read Full Article >

Just announced! US Department of transportation includes 57 million dollars for construction of the Laker Line in the 2017 budget!

On February 9th, the Federal Transportation Administration announced it would cover 80% of the required funding for the Laker Line. Read Full Article >

The Rapid plans for BRT line to GVSU campus in Allendale

As construction ramps up for a new bus rapid transit line in greater Grand Rapids, the area’s regional transit authority is busy studying whether it should implement a similar system along its route with the highest ridership. Read Full Article >

$600K study into bus rapid transit line between GVSU, Grand Rapids gets officials’ approval

Transit officials kickstarted a roughly $600,000 study this week that could result in a second bus rapid transit line in Greater Grand Rapids. Read Full Article >

The Rapid Interview with Shelly Irwin at WGVU

Listen to the full interview at this link > Read Full Article >

‘Laker Line’ study will explore options to meet transportation demand between G.R. and GVSU

The RAPID transit agency will publicly launch the Laker Line Study to identify the top public transportation solution to connect downtown Grand Rapids, the West Side, Standale, and the main campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, the region’s largest educational institution. Read Full Article >

The Rapid hosts public meetings on launching an improved ‘Laker Line’

The Rapid transit agency is kicking off a study on providing faster service and shorter waiting times on the “Laker Line,” the route that runs between Grand Valley State University and downtown Grand Rapids. Read Full Article >

The Rapid launching study of ridership along Lake Michigan Drive corridor

With the help of federal and state grants, The Rapid transit agency is officially launching a 15-month study in an effort to determine if Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is the best way to meet future ridership demand on the Lake Michigan Drive corridor. Read Full Article >

Thursday Opens Discussion of “Laker Line” to GVSU Campus

While a bus-rapid transit system’s developed on Grand Rapids’ Division Street corridor, the talking starts on a similar operation between Grand Rapids and Allendale. Read Full Article >

Design of ‘Laker Line’ moving forward with route decisions

The proposed “Laker Line” bus rapid transit system took another step forward this week as project designers unveiled the most recent plans for the bus system at a series of open houses. Read Full Article >

Striking gold with Silver Line? Grand Rapids bets $40 million on state’s first bus rapid transit system

From the second-floor of The Rapid’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids, Conrad Venema looks out at U.S. 131 cutting through the heart of the city. Read Full Article >

Silver Line bus rapid transit system to open in Grand Rapids

This new transit system will improve public transportation options in the greater Grand Rapids area. The Silver Line connects Grand Rapids, Kentwood, and Wyoming, and will also connect the southern end of the Grand Rapids metro area to the Medical Mile. Read Full Article >

The Rapid’s Silver Line takes the streets

Thousands of people are expected to use the Silver Line, running from the Wyoming and Kentwood areas to Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile. Read Full Article >

Lane reserved for Silver Line during rush hours

Drivers who disrupt the new Silver Line rapid bus transit service could face hefty fines. Read Full Article >

As Silver Line begins rolling, waiting game for potential economic boom begins

An emotional Peter Varga, speaking during Silver Line’s inaugural day, asked his staff within the crowd to wave and be recognized. Read Full Article >

Editorial: Silver Line’s arrival marks pivotal point in Grand Rapids’ growth

On Monday morning, The Rapid’s $40 million bus rapid transit Silver Line will begin service. This impressive transit system, notably the first of its kind in Michigan, holds promise as a catalyst for economic growth. Read Full Article >

7 ways Silver Line stations set Grand Rapids’ BRT system apart from typical bus route

The Rapid’s Silver Line stations have been spotted across the metropolitan area for months and they’ll finally be put to use on Monday, Aug. 25. Read Full Article >

Silver Line serves students, hospital workers

The new Silver Line buses have been on the road for four days now and 24 Hour News 8 wanted to know who’s riding them. Read Full Article >

Silver Line set to roll Monday

The result of 11 years of planning will be out in the open in Greater Grand Rapids on Monday with the start of The Rapid transit authority’s $39 million Silver Line, a “bus rapid transit” or BRT service operating much like a light rail line, but at a much lower cost to build. Read Full Article >

The Silver Line is rolling

The Rapid’s Silver Line, the first hybrid-electric bus line in the state of Michigan, launched Monday morning. Read Full Article >

First Silver Line buses begin service Monday: See official schedule for times, transfers

At its peak, The Rapid’s new Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service is slated to run at 10-minute intervals at every stop. Read Full Article >

Silver Line bus rapid transit officially in service

It promises to be the fastest way to travel in the greater Grand Rapids area. The Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit is officially in service. Read Full Article >

ArtPrize display highlights proposed Laker Line

An exhibit, on display during ArtPrize, features information about The Laker Line, proposed for connecting Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus with Grand Rapids. Read Full Article >

GR officials see development as next stop for bus rapid transit

The first exploration of bus rapid transit in the Grand Rapids area is already halfway to its goal of 5,000 riders a day most weekdays. And although nothing is shovel-ready yet, city officials think developers are starting to get interested in investing along the corridor of the new bus line. Read Full Article >