Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service Begins Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
The Rapid and GVSU partner to launch improved transit service.
On Monday, August 24, 2020, Michigan’s second bus rapid transit (BRT) line, the Laker Line, will officially open for service to university students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public. The Laker Line is the next innovative step in the 20-year partnership between The Rapid and Grand Valley State University.
The total capital cost for the Laker Line project is $72.8 million, 80 percent of which was provided by the Federal Transit Administration with a 20 percent match from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Rapid was awarded these grant funds after a competitive process that considered transit projects across the country.
“The Laker Line project is an energizing example of the collaborative spirit of West Michigan,” said Nick Monoyios, Planning Manager and Laker Line Project Manager at The Rapid. “Through planning, development, and construction, the seven-year partnership between federal, state, and local agencies has successfully made Michigan’s second BRT a reality. I’ve been privileged to work alongside an array of dedicated project staff in service to my alma mater, GVSU.”
BRT provides express bus service with features such as traffic signal priority, level boarding for wheelchairs or mobility devices, fare payment prior to boarding, real-time arrival displays, and limited stops at enhanced stations. In addition, the 60-foot articulated vehicles have on-board WiFi, USB charging ports on all seats, and internal display screens for service messages.
- For additional information on the Laker Line, please visit ridetherapid.org/lakerline
- For additional information about The Rapid’s health and safety efforts during COVID-19, as well as other service updates, please visit [INLINK'673']ridetherapid.org/coronavirus[/INLINK]
- To view a Laker Line introductory video made in partnership with GVSU, click here.