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The Rapid announces the start of construction for the Laker Line, a 13-mile route connecting Grand Valley State University in Allendale to the Michigan Street Medical Mile in Grand Rapids. An estimated 11,000 high-frequency rides per day will be taken on the Laker Line when it opens in August 2020. Below are some highlights of the project:

  • The Laker Line BRT operates like a train, but 1/10 of the cost to build.
  • Longer, compressed, natural-gas vehicles are used to lower operating costs.
  • Robust covered stations provide snow melt, real-time arrival info, emergency phones, bike racks, and security cameras.
  • Level platforms and precise bus docking creates faster and safer boarding.
  • €‹Automated fare payment at each station allows for faster boarding.
  • Traffic signal priority allows buses to catch green lights to reduce travel times.
  • Wi-Fi on all buses for riders to work and play on the go.
  • The Laker Line BRT Connects with the Silver Line in Downtown Grand Rapids to create a BRT Network.
  • Stations in Walker will include eastbound and westbound stations at the intersection of Ferndale Avenue and M-45 / Lake Michigan Drive, the intersection of Cummings Avenue and M-45 / Lake Michigan Drive, and at the tunnel crossing of the Fred Meijer Standale Trail and M-45 / Lake Michigan Drive.

More information can be found at
Laker Line - Standale Trail rendering - WB station