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.
- â‹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 https://lakerline.org/