The LakerLine is a proposed (as of 2015) east-west BRT route initially servicing the GVSU Allendale campus and downtown Grand Rapids with an anticipated eastern extension up the Michigan St corridor to Plymouth Ave. The western portion of this route would replace the very heavily used fixed-route RAPID#50.
Federal funding has been released [finally], and construction should begin in the spring of 2018. Service should begin in May of 2020.
- 2013-04: $600K study into bus rapid transit line between GVSU, Grand Rapids gets officials' approval, MLIVE
- 2014-05: The Rapid looks down the road to Laker Line, GRBJ
- 2014-09: Street Talk: Is this a transit town? Let's hear the stories
- Second Grand Rapids BRT route is in motion, GRBJ
- ArtPrize display highlights proposed Laker Line, WZZM
- Beware noisy auto-play video.
- The Laker Line Study Rolls Out The Future Of Route 50, The RAPID
- Laker Line: $45.5M bus rapid transit proposal hopes to roll in 2018
- Laker Line bus rapid transit gets green light to apply for federal funds, MLIVE
- Newest Laker Line cost estimate 41 percent higher than 2014 projection, MLIVE
- "Factors not included in last fall's projection — including a light maintenance facility, land acquisitions, a new roadway on the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University to better handle bus traffic, among other elements — now are included in this latest estimate, The Rapid CEO Peter Varga said."
- "Roughly $4.8 million is projected for each mile for Laker Line's 13.1-mile length, compared to Silver Line's cost at $4.1 million a mile for 9.6 miles, according to The Rapid's budget."
- The Rapid reports increased services, success for Silver Line, Rapidian, 2015-12
- Laker Line Update: Awaiting Federal Funding, RAPID BLOG