Laker Line

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Members of the American Public Transportation Association are in Washington this week. That includes the CEO of Grand Rapids’ Interurban Transit Partnership. Peter Varga, CEO of The Rapid is speaking to Congress on behalf of the American Public Transportation Association.

APTA says the Trump Administration is proposing deep cuts to public transportation funding to help fund its proposed $200 billion infrastructure initiative. Varga is making the case investing in public transit supports economic growth and creates jobs.

The Laker Line has officially been given the green light with the approval of government funding. The Laker Line operating primarily along Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) will replace The Rapid’s Route 50 with bus rapid transit between Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus and downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus – and – the Cooke Devos Center for Health Sciences along the Medical Mile.

WGVU spoke with the U.S. Representative who helped secure its funding.

“We think this is a justifiable expense that will really benefit the community.”

The Rapid

Feb 16, 2016
Rapid central station / Metro Magazine

Monthly we talk about Interurban Transit with guests from The Rapid in studio. Today we talk about the Laker line with CEO Peter Varga and Nick Monolysos.

The Grand Valley State University Laker Rapid bus line is slated to get $57 million in President Obama’s Fiscal 2017 budget.  

The project could add 16 buses to the Rapid’s line-up benefiting Route 50, which runs between downtown Grand Rapids and the Allendale Campus. 

This could mean enhanced service for students and riders.

“We refer to this as light rail with rubber tires.  More cost effective way to transport people around.”

Lisa Haynes is the assistant V.P. for Operations at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus and Regional Centers. 

Federal funds recommended for Laker Line rapid bus system

Feb 11, 2016
Rapid central station / Metro Magazine

Organizers say a $57 million federal grant should cover a big chunk of a rapid transit bus system in the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator Therese McMillan promoted the project Wednesday in a conference call.

She says the Laker Line will offer "faster and better service in an area where buses are often overcrowded."