Recently, the Cascade Township Board approved a three-year trial of a bus service extension on 28th Street. Beginning as early as January 2016, Route 28 will extend service east into Cascade Township.
Providing public transportation to and within Cascade Township has been a goal of The Rapid and Cascade Township officials for some time.With the extension of Route 28, passengers will now have direct access to the Cascade Meijer, Walmart, and the Mary Free Bed YMCA. At this time, the closest bus stop to Cascade Township is at 28th Street and Acquest Drive in the city of Kentwood.
“The extension is identified as a needed improvement in The Rapid’s current Long Range Plan, adopted in 2010, and it’s one of the most requested service addition we hear from the public, ” said Kevin Wisselink, Senior Planner at The Rapid.
The cost of this extension will be approximately $400,000 per year. Exact hours and frequencies are still being finalized, the end cost will be determined after a route with exact hours is in place and will be split, with the township paying 75 percent and the Downtown Development Authority paying 25 percent. Participating business partners, such as Meijer, will offset some of the DDA’s share.
Also driving the move toward Rapid service in Cascade is the Mary Free Bed YMCA, which is expected to open in December. The facility is designed for use by persons of all abilities and expects to draw members that will need fixed-route and paratransit bus service. “One more step in making them independent is making public transportation a reality,” said Maria Besta, manager of adaptive sports program for Mary Free Bed.
The proposed Rapid route will extend bus service on 28th Street east to the Cascade Center just across Cascade Road Drive with a loop down Patterson to Burton to Kraft.
Read more about this extension via MLive: http://www.mlive.com/ada-cascade/index.ssf/2015/10/cascade_township_will_pay_to_e.html