Governor Snyder green lights rapid bus line

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Gov. Rick Snyder has given the ceremonial green light to a rapid bus line in Grand Rapids.

As the state’s first Bus Rapid Transit line, its construction began last week. The $40 million Silver Line will include 33 stations and be ready for riders as soon as August 2014. It’s a project funded mostly by the federal government with some state dollars that is designed to travel as fast as a light rail system but at a fraction of the cost. Running along Division Avenue in West Michigan’s largest city, it will include¬†prepaid fares, raised platforms, traffic-signal priority and semi-exclusive lanes during rush hour.

Will the Silver Line serve as a model for other transit projects and planning across the state?

Earlier this year, the federal government committed $25 million to build a light rail line through the heart of Detroit. The remaining cost of nearly $140 million for Woodward Avenue’s 3.3-mile streetcar line will be funded by a public-private partnership. It will include significant donations from companies whose workers commute from revitalized neighborhoods to downtown offices. Construct for the Detroit project could begin¬†later this year, with service starting in fall 2015.

For more information on the Grand Rapids plan, click here.

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