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Public Invited to Attend Open House on Monday, July 30 Highlighting Route 19 Improvements

Public invited to open house Monday, July 30 highlighting public transit service improvements along Michigan Street corridor that also will simplify travel and parking in downtown Grand Rapids.

Mobile GR and The Rapid invite the public to join community, business and civic leaders who are attending an open house to learn details about the Aug. 27 launch of plans to significantly improve The Rapid’s Route 19 service that operates along the “Medical Mile” on Michigan Street through a section of the near West Side along Bridge Street up to Stocking Avenue.  The route includes stops near such anchor institutions as Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and the soon-to-be-open Bridge Street Market.

The open house will take place at Rapid Central Station on Monday, July 30, 2018 and will highlight how the introduction of free fares along the route will – in combination with the City’s fare-free DASH service and City-sponsored fare-free portion of the Silver Line north of Wealthy Street – essentially allow free travel throughout downtown Grand Rapids without the hassle of parking. Another feature is the convenience of buses coming every 10 minutes on Michigan Street during peak travel demand.

The public transit service upgrades along Route 19 are part of a new three-year pilot program partnership with the City’s Mobile GR and Parking Services Department, the Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”) and Spectrum Health that will dramatically increase bus service to help reduce traffic and ease parking congestion along the Michigan Street corridor.

Details for the Route 19 Open House:

11-11:30 a.m.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Rapid Central Station
250 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

We encourage you to ride The Rapid to attend this meeting. But you can access free parking in the Amtrak lot at 440 Century.