An exhibit highlighting facts and details of a proposed new bus rapid transit line connecting Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus with Downtown Grand Rapids is on display. The Laker Line Study interactive visual display, pictured below, incorporates the Silver Line bus rapid transit (BRT) station at the corner of Monroe Avenue NW and Louis Street, near Rosa Parks Circle.
A study of enhanced transit options along the existing Route 50 corridor will soon conclude, recommending BRT service connecting GVSU’s Allendale and downtown campuses through downtown to the Medical Mile. More than 11,000 riders currently use the existing Route 50 service daily during GVSU’s academic year, making it The Rapid’s busiest route. BRT service would enhance capacity and travel times over existing bus service, and would incorporate new technologies, such as traffic light prioritization, real-time schedule updates, and smartphone app integration.
Among the facts about the Laker Line and BRT shown in the exhibit:
• The Laker Line would combine existing Routes 50 and 51 into BRT service.
• BRT offers platform level boarding, prepaid fares, roll-on bicycle accommodations, and traffic signal priority.
• BRT would shorten travel times between campuses by an estimated 5 minutes compared with existing bus service.
• An Instagram “selfie” contest, in which photos uploaded to the social photo sharing site tagged #LakerLine will be entered into a drawing for a free 31-day pass.
The exhibit will be on display through the end of ArtPrize later this month.