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Silver Line

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The Silver Line is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system transporting commuters north and south on Division Avenue from 60th Street to Michigan Street, looping through the busiest part of Downtown Grand Rapids, while stopping at 34 designated stations. In addition, the Silver Line offers seamless connections to many existing Rapid routes. 

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Silver Line stations offer more than just shelter from the elements. Each station features next-bus signage, a sidewalk snowmelt system, camera surveillance, and emergency phones. Most stations also have bike racks.

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Raising Expectations

The raised platforms at each Silver Line station make boarding easy and accessible for everyone. When the vehicle pulls up, both the front and rear doors open to allow for simultaneous boarding and exiting. Because the platforms match the height of the bus, there's no need for a ramp to assist passengers with mobility challenges - there is direct access from the platform to the vehicle.

Making Things Fare

Silver Line riders pay and validate their fare ahead of time, which allows for faster boarding. Simply tap your Wave card at the blue Wave reader at the station before boarding. If you don't have a Wave card, each station is equipped with a ticket vending machine (TVM) to purchase a single-ride fare using cash or card. The single-ride Silver Line fare receipt is not valid on any other routes and does not include a transfer. Be sure to keep your receipt on hand to use as proof of fare payment if you encounter a fare enforcement officer. 

The Rapid takes fare evasion seriously. Learn more about fare evasion and fines.

Transfer to the Silver Line
Just tap your Wave card to the reader at the station to validate your ride!

Connectivity to Other Routes
Silver Line transfers are easy with connections to existing bus routes at various points, including Central Station. 

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Bikes on the Bus

All Silver Line buses are equipped with bike racks on the front to accommodate most two-wheeled bicycles, including children's bikes. Learn more about bikes on the bus.

Local Hotspots

Now staying connected is even easier with free Wi-Fi on all Silver Line buses. So grab your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to work, chat, or surf the web while we do the driving.

Read Silver Line Wi-Fi Terms of Use

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase my fare for the Silver Line?

You can purchase a Wave card online, at Rapid Central Station, or at a retail location.

Single-ride Silver Line fares can be purchased using cash or card at the ticket vending machines located at each Silver Line station. The single-ride Silver Line fare receipt is not valid on any other routes and does not include a transfer. Please keep your receipt to use as proof of fare payment.

How do I transfer from another bus to Silver Line?

Tap your Wave card on the reader at the station before boarding. If you don't have a Wave card, you will need to purchase a single-ride Silver Line fare from the ticket vending machine. 

How do riders from Kendall, Spectrum Health and GVSU access Silver Line?

Kendall College and Spectrum Health employees must carry a valid Kendall College or Spectrum Health ticket while riding a Silver Line bus. GVSU students must carry a valid GVSU student ID while aboard Silver Line.

Can I park in the 60th Street Park 'n' Ride lot overnight?

Sharing the same designation as a typical MDOT Park ‘n’ Ride lots, overnight parking is allowed. However, abandoned, immobile, inoperable, improperly registered vehicles or motorcycles or any displaying a For Sale sign will be tagged with a brightly colored sticker which shall serve as a 48-hour notice for towing. If towed, vehicles or motorcycles will be stored at Bud's Wrecker Service (615-452-1476) at the expense of the vehicle owner. 

How do I obtain a permit for the Burton Street Park ‘n’ Ride lot?

To park in the Silver Line authorized spaces at Burton Street Park ‘n’ Ride lot, please visit the Parking Services offices at 50 Ottawa NW to obtain a free parking permit. Please provide Parking Services with a copy of the owner’s registration of the vehicle and contact information. The permit will be valid for a six-month period. After the six-month period you can simply call Parking Services at 616-456-3290 to renew the permit. If you change vehicles/license plates, please contact Parking Services.