You don’t have to be a Laker to ride like one
Anyone can ride the Laker Line! GVSU students, faculty, and staff ride for free, and just need to have their university ID on-hand. If you aren’t affiliated with GVSU, all you need is valid fare. For faster boarding, each Laker Line station is equipped with a ticket vending machine (TVM) for purchasing and reloading your Wave card.
The Rapid takes fare evasion seriously. Learn more about fare evasion and fines.
A better experience, even before you board
Our robust covered stations are fully appointed with real-time arrival info, emergency phones, bike racks, security cameras, and even snowmelt for those wintery days. Once the bus arrives, level platforms and precise bus docking creates boarding that’s faster and safer. Just pick door number 1, 2, or 3 and walk aboard.
The Laker Line operates like a train, at 1/10 of the cost to build. The longer, compressed, natural-gas vehicles lower operating costs—and your environmental footprint. Also, traffic signal priority allows our buses to catch more green lights to reduce travel time, so there’s less stopping and going.
A connected commute
Need to work, study, or just unwind with some entertainment? The Laker Line is equipped with Wi-Fi on all buses. Grab a screen and go for it. We’ll handle the driving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Before boarding, just tap your Wave card at the reader located at the Laker Line station to validate your fare. If you don’t have a Wave card, you can purchase one from the ticket vending machines located at all Laker Line stations. Wave cards are also available for purchase online, at Rapid Central Station, or at a retail location.
Yes, you can use cash or card at the ticket vending machine to purchase your fare. Since Laker Line buses do not have fareboxes on board, you’re required you to pay at the station before boarding.
The Laker Line stops at all stations along its route. There’s no need to alert your bus operator! And since our buses are appointed with on-board digital signage, you’ll always have a sense of exactly where you are.