In 2013, we counted 158,000 Rapid riders with ArtPrize wristbands during the event. This number was up 18 percent from ArtPrize 2012. As the Grand Rapids’s international art competition grows in popularity, so does the need for effective transportation options during the event. Never fear, bus rapid transit is coming to the rescue.
With the Silver Line set to open on August 25, 2014, ArtPrize 2014 has chosen to use the bus rapid transit stations as stepping-off points for walking routes. The 2014 event is scheduled from Sept. 24 to Oct. 12. During this time you’ll be able to more easily access ArtPrize venues via walking paths that start and end at stations along the Silver Line bus rapid transit route.
And for those traveling into Grand Rapids looking to avoid downtown parking and traffic, the Silver Line route will also feature a free park-and-ride lot. Located near 60th and Division this free parking lot will feature about 200 spaces. We have no doubt it will be a valuable commodity during ArtPrize and other events moving forward.
Read the full Grand Rapids Press article about transportation options available during ArtPrize here.