ArtPrize display highlights proposed Laker Line

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- An exhibit, on display during ArtPrize, features information about a new bus line proposed for connecting Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus with Grand Rapids.

The interactive display incorporates The Rapid's recently opened Silver Line station at the corner of Monroe and Louis, near Rosa Parks Circle.

More than 11,000 riders currently use the existing Route 50 during GVSU's academic year, making it The Rapid's busiest route. The proposed Lake Line would combine that route and Route 51 into bus rapid transit service like the Silver Line. The Rapid says using BRT in this case would enhance capacity and travel times and would incorporate new technologies, such as traffic light prioritization and real-time schedule updates. It also offers platform-level boarding, prepaid fares, and roll-on bicycle accommodations.

There is currently a study underway, to determine how public transportation can best connect Allendale and Grand Rapids. Researchers say they're going to recommend BRT, noting that it's expected to cut the commute time by five minutes.

The Rapid's holding an Instagram selfie contest, entering photos tagged with #LakerLine into a drawing for a free 31-day pass.


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