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Streetcar Study

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In October 2014, the Streetcar Route Refinement Study was completed.

View and download the final report:Grand Rapids Streetcar Report (6 MB, PDF)

Who's involved?

The Public Transportation Tomorrow (PTT) Task Force, a group of community leaders, and The Rapid, with the assistance of transit planning and design firm DMJM Harris. Community input was consistently sought throughout the study process and was key to shaping the final report.

What is it?

The study analyzes ridership, possible routes and funding sources for a potential streetcar system.

What's the purpose?

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.


What's the status?

The feasibility report has been accepted by the PTT Task Force and the Rapid's Board. The Board will take the findings of the report and recommend next steps, including looking more closely at funding and operational models to find the right strategy for this project.

Read the study report. (3 MB, PDF)

See the route (175 KB, PDF) that was established as the basis for the study.

Want to learn more?

We have press articles and news releases covering everything from streetcars as an economic booster to what streetcars look like. 

Who would ride the streetcar? Find out in our FAQ section. 

If it's history you're interested in, read about Horsin' Around and The Dawn of Electric Mobility.

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