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Aligning Transit for the Future

Align Regional Map

Public transportation is a vital part of Grand Rapids and its surrounding communities—whether you ride The Rapid daily, once in a while, or have yet to try public transportation. While The Rapid has helped connect thousands of people across our community for years, there’s always room for improvement. It’s time to work together and align for better public transit in Grand Rapids metro region.

The Align Transit Improvement Study is a new year-long project (beginning in June 2017) to identify, analyze and prioritize a set of transit improvements that can be made to the existing bus system to improve the overall transit experiences in Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. This study will look for ways to add to and improve the network, recommend land use and other policies to help grow ridership and determine the improvements the public would like to see for the system.

“The Align Study is important to The Rapid because it will hone in on service enhancements that are desired by the community, ” said Conrad Venema, The Rapid’s Strategic Planning Manager.

With previous transit projects underway, the Align Transit Improvement Study will build upon the Silver Line and Laker Line bus rapid transit (BRT) systems to identify opportunities to advance and potentially expand transit service within the urbanized area.

“The Rapid realizes that as the community grows, it’s vital for our transit system to adapt to the changing needs of users.  The Align Study will help The Rapid achieve its goal of providing safe and equitable service that connects people to jobs, promotes economic development and offer a first- class transit experience,” Venema said.

With the help of the public, the Align Transit Improvement Study hopes to accomplish the following:

  • —   Enhance transit services that provide a competitive option to congested roadways

  • —   Provide safe and equitable access to The Rapid network

  • —   Service existing and future population and employment centers

  • —   Support urban revitalization and economic development

Learn more about the Align Transit Improvement Study here.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.