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Learn How The Silver Line Interacts With Traffic

With the introduction of designated bus-only lanes and traffic signal priority in accordance with the Silver Line route, many of you may be wondering how Michigan’s first bus rapid transit line will interact with traffic. We’ve developed this traffic animation to highlight exactly how the Silver Line will interact seamlessly with vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. In fact, there are many times where the Silver Line will operate similarly to current Rapid fixed routes.

Key takeaways:

– Silver Line stations are located on the right side of the road. The Silver Line bus will stop at a level boarding pad only as long as it takes to load and unolad passengers.

– Designated lanes are located (signed and marked) running both directions of Division from Maplelawn Street, just north of 44th Street to Wealthy. The only exception regarding these designated lanes is about 500 feet north and south of the intersections at 36th, 28th, and Burton streets. There also will be a bus-only lane on Monroe Avenue NW between Michigan and Fulton streets.

– Bus-only lanes will be reserved for buses during peak hours: 7-9 am and 4-6 pm, from Monday through Friday.

– During peak hours, cars, trucks and motorcycles will be able to use bus-only lanes for right hand turns. When turning right, enter the bus-only lane within 200 ft. prior to your turn.

– Parking and unloading in bus-only lanes is strictly prohibited.

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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.