Grand Rapids promises equitable mobility with 35 more bus stops
The city of Grand Rapids is adding 35 bus shelters to the Rapid Line and is expected to be completed in October 2022.
The $ 250,000 transaction, approved by the City Commission, involves the transfer of funds from the city’s Mobile GR division to the Interurban Transit Partnership, which operates The Rapid.
The longstanding partnership between Mobile GR and The Rapid was established in part to provide safe, reliable and affordable transit services to the region. The Rapid has its own fleet of buses that serve the Grand Rapids area, while the city’s Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is also in charge of The Rapid, which maintains and accommodates the city’s shuttle service.
Justin Kimura, Deputy Director of Mobile GR, said The Rapid will purchase the bus stops under its existing contract with Tolar Manufacturing.
“Our goal is to provide The Rapid and The Dash drivers with a clean, modern and accessible stop infrastructure,” said Kimura. “This consistent infrastructure enables greater familiarity among road users and standardizes parts, inventory and maintenance services. It will also encourage greater levels of public transportation across the city, especially in our historically underserved communities. “
The new stops will be installed within the Grand Rapids city limits and are part of the city’s strategic plan that focuses on equitable and inclusive mobility services. Nineteen emergency shelters will be installed in the city’s priority areas, which are also in line with the city’s strategic plan. Thirteen accommodations will be installed in Station 1, seven in Station 2 and 15 in Station 3.
The neighborhoods of the focus installations specifically address mobility goal 1 and mobility goal 4 of the city’s strategic plan. Objective 1 aims to create a barrier-free, multimodal transport system and reduce travel with single drivers, while Objective 4 concerns the development, operation and maintenance of urban transport and infrastructure through investments with regional partners.