U.S. DOT program accepts Laker Line project

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Rapid is one step closer to building a new bus line connecting Grand Valley State University and downtown Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, D-Mich., announced the 13-mile route proposal was accepted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Starts Capital Investment program.

The program will support project managers during the planning and funding phases.

The bus rapid transit route connecting the Medical Mile to GVSU’s Allendale campus is being called the Laker Line. The plan includes building 11 stations and purchasing 13 high-capacity compressed natural gas buses. It’s expected to cost some $45 million.

A courtesy map showing the route of the proposed Rapid Laker Line.
(A courtesy map showing the route of the proposed Rapid Laker Line.)

The route would be similar to the Rapid’s Silver Line, which debuted in August and runs along the Division Avenue corridor from Kentwood to the Medical Mile.

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