The Rapid releases early Silver Line numbers

(Courtesy The Rapid's Twitter account)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Fast-transit Silver Line buses appear to be bringing new riders to The Rapid in the Grand Rapids area.

The Rapid — which is the city’s public transportation system — released numbers Friday for the first three days of Silver Line operation.

It compared regular buses on the Division Avenue route to the new Silver Line buses covering the same corridor.

Wednesday, the third day into the new service, overall ridership was up by 2,000 people over regular bus service on the same day a year ago.

On Wednesday, the Silver Line carried more than 2,800 passengers. The regular buses carried more than 2,100 passengers for a total of about 5,000 riders. The same day a year earlier, the standard buses carried just under 3,000 riders.

Passengers rode free on the Silver Line for its first week of service.

The real test will come after passengers have to start paying the standard fare.

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