- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Michigan transit leaders have unveiled plans for a $45.5 million Laker Line rapid transit bus system in the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (https://bit.ly/1p9vBcN ) officials announced the 13-mile line between Grand Valley State University in Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids on Tuesday. The new line could open in 2018, about four years after the launch of the similar Silver Line system this past summer.

The Laker Line would have 14 stations and a maximum of 13 vehicles stopping at six-minute intervals at peak times. Planners say they expect 13,000 riders each day. That’s a 13 percent increase over existing users.

Officials plan to conduct an environmental assessment to identify station locations before applying for federal funding in 2015.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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