Walker Transit Needs Assessment
The Rapid has initiated a study to look into the possibility of expanding services based upon unmet demand for public transit within the City of Walker. The study will focus on the 3 Mile corridor within the City of Walker, which is an area with a large number of jobs but limited transit options. This corridor includes the area from 3 Mile Rd and Alpine Ave to 3 Mile Rd and Remembrance Rd, and extending up to 4 Mile Rd. This area is home to many light industrial facilities, the Meijer Corporation Headquarters, Kenowa Hills High School, and many other potential transit generators. Additionally, this area has a large amount of currently vacant land that is either already planned for development or could be developed in the near future.
Beyond moving people sustainably, public transit service supports a region’s economic vitality by connecting people to jobs, education, and health services. With multiple demands for limited transit funds, how The Rapid best allocates its funds is vital. This study seeks to deliver a strategy using currently available resources cost effectively to meet unmet demand in potentially underserved areas and support economic development. The study will involve looking at both the transportation needs data of the area (number of jobs, population, existing transportation service, etc.), as well as conducting extensive public outreach to determine transportation needs and how they can be best addressed.
As part of the outreach for this
|Jenny Redes||Custom Profile|
|Bianca LaFountain||OnPoint Employment Solutions|
|Karen Hall||Plasan Carbon Composites|
|Rick Chapla||The Right Place|
|Mayor Mark Huizenga||City of Walker|
|Adelyn Van Tol||Disbility Advocates of Kent County|
|Debbi Coleman||Hope Network|
Service Providers & Service Analysis
Once all of the transit service providers had been identified, the project team assessed the services provided. A review of this assessment can be found here.