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Recent Studies

Community input is consistently sought throughout our study processes and is key to shaping final reports. We've had two recent studies: the Lake Line Study and the Streetcar Feasibility Study. The purpose of the Laker Line Study is to identify and implement the transit enhancement strategy that will improve connectivity between downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University. The Streetcar Study was implemented to determine whether the benefits of a downtown Grand Rapids streetcar system will outweigh its costs, and if funding is available to construct the first leg of the system.

Laker Line Study

The Laker Line Study, which took place from 2013 to 2014, has identified a transit enhancement strategy to:

  • Improve connectivity between downtown Grand Rapids and GVSU
  • Provide support for (re)development planning by the corridor communities
  • Mitigate the traffic, parking and other impacts from the growing amount of travel in the corridor
  • Capitalize on the potential environmental, community, and social benefits of increased transit usage.

Laker Line Study

What’s Next?

The implementation of a bus rapid transit service between Grand Valley State University in Allendale and the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids has been proposed to meet the needs of this growing route. The proposed date of completion for this transit enhancement is 2018.

Learn more by visiting the Laker Line website, reading the Laker Line Study overview or viewing the video:

Streetcar Feasibility Study

In 2008, after a four-year Alternatives Analysis completed by The Rapid, a feasibility study was launched to address a downtown streetcar route that would ultimately focus redevelopment intensity in the area. In 2014, a route refinement study concluded that a minimum operable segment (MOS) streetcar route is feasible.

What's Next?

After identifying the city of Grand Rapids as uniquely positioned to advance streetcar transit planning and implementation, the study recommends next steps include:

Determining and assembling the governance structure
Proceeding with environmental documentation and preliminary engineering
Defining capital and operational funding sources to attract private and federal support

These tasks are anticipated to be completed within one to two years of the study, allowing the city to compete for federal grants and advance local funding initiatives, as needed. Final engineering, construction documentation, and specifications will then follow.

Read the 2008 Grand Rapids Streetcar Feasibility Study .

Read the 2014 Grand Rapids Streetcar Route Refinement Study .