Align: The Rapid's Transit Improvement Study
This study is a year-long project (beginning in June 2017) being led by The Rapid that will identify, analyze, and prioritize a set of transit improvements that can be made to the existing bus system to improve the transit experience in Grand Rapids and the surrounding communities. The study will look for ways to add to and improve the network, recommend land use and other policies to help grow ridership and determine the improvements the public would like to see for the system.
The Align: Transit Improvement Study will build upon The Rapid’s previous transit projects, the Silver Line bus rapid transit line (BRT) and the Laker Line BRT, to identify opportunities to improve and potentially expand transit service within the urbanized area.
The Rapid’s current service area consists of Grand Rapids and the five cities that surround it; Walker, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, and Grandville. The project study area includes these six cities but will pursue a regional approach to transit investment by considering the entire Grand Rapid Urbanized Area (UZA) boundary. The UZA extends north to the City of Rockford and west into Ottawa County and includes Hudsonville, Georgetown Township, and Allendale Township.