Laker Line Study
Community input is consistently sought throughout our study processes and is key to shaping final reports. We've had two recent studies: the Lake Line Study and the Streetcar Feasibility Study. The purpose of the Laker Line Study is to identify and implement the transit enhancement strategy that will improve connectivity between downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University. The Streetcar Study was implemented to determine whether the benefits of a downtown Grand Rapids streetcar system will outweigh its costs and if funding is available to construct the first leg of the system.
The Laker Line Study, which took place from 2013 to 2014, has identified a transit enhancement strategy to:
- Improve connectivity between downtown Grand Rapids and GVSU
- Provide support for (re)development planning by the corridor communities
- Mitigate the traffic, parking and other impacts from the growing amount of travel in the corridor
- Capitalize on the potential environmental, community, and social benefits of increased transit usage.
The implementation of a bus rapid transit service between Grand Valley State University in Allendale and the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids has been proposed to meet the needs of this growing route. The proposed date of completion for this transit enhancement is 2018.