Feds approve $57 million for new Grand Rapids bus line

Feb 9, 2018

A Rapid bus in Grand Rapids.
Credit Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

Grand Rapids can go forward with a $70 million transit project -- now that federal funding for it has been approved.

The city can begin work on a new, rapid bus line connecting Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus to downtown.

The Federal Transit Administration just approved a $57 million grant to help fund the so-called Laker Line. The Michigan Department of Transportation pledged $14 million.

Construction is scheduled start this spring. It should be finished by spring of 2020. 

Grand Valley accounts for 2.5 million rides on the city's buses each year, according to a university spokesman.

The Laker Line will have 14 stops and will replace the current Route 50 line.