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Michigan's The Rapid unveils its second BRT line

Posted on June 4, 2019

Laker Line buses will be higher capacity, 60-foot articulated articulated vehicles powered by CNG.
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Laker Line buses will be higher capacity, 60-foot articulated articulated vehicles powered by CNG.The RapidThe Rapid

Local, state, and federal elected officials and representatives from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined The Rapid and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to celebrate the Laker Line, Michigan’s second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line.

Construction began on the Laker Line BRT line on April 1, and service is slated to begin in August 2020. The Laker Line is the second BRT line for the State of Michigan and The Rapid, which opened the Silver Line BRT in August of 2014.

The Laker Line, which will replace The Rapid’s current Route 50 — GVSU Campus Connector — will connect the GVSU Allendale campus to the Michigan Street Medical Mile with stops on Lake Michigan Drive. The BRT system will also serve the City of Walker. Construction of the Laker Line is being funded through support from the FTA and the State of Michigan and creates no additional cost for taxpayers, with GVSU providing all operational funding.

Planning for the Laker Line began in August 2013 and generated significant public support. The project received a favorable rating from the FTA competitive grant program for building enhanced transit. Funding for the project was received in January 2018 to finalize design and engineering.

Similar to the Silver Line’s, the Laker Line platforms will provide well-lit shelters with level platform boarding, off-board fare collecting, real-time arrival signage, and security phones and cameras. The line will share three existing downtown Silver Line stations, helping riders make connections to other routes and improving access throughout The Rapid’s system. Additionally, the buses will be higher capacity, 60-foot articulated articulated vehicles powered by CNG.

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