About Align: The Rapid’s Transit Improvement Study
Aligning Together for a Better Ride
Efficient and accessible public transit is absolutely essential to a growing and successful community. Together, The Rapid and AECOM will ensure a better ridership experience for all riders with Align: The Rapid's Transit Improvement Study.
Align: The Rapid’s Transit Improvement Study is a year-long project that will identify, analyze and prioritize a set of transit improvements that will create a better bus system and transit experience in Grand Rapids and its surrounding communities. The project will look for ways to:
- add to and improve the network,
- recommend land use and other policies to help grow ridership, and
- determine improvements the public would like to see for the system.
This study will build upon The Rapid’s previous transit projects—The Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and The Laker Line BRT—to identify opportunities to improve and potentially expand transit service within the urbanized area.
Just as multiple destinations are aligned together with a bus route, the name “Align” also speaks to The Rapid's goal to align its future plans and public transit routes with the wants and needs of The Rapid service area.
About The Rapid
The Rapid—formed in 2000—currently serves Grand Rapids and the five cities that surround it: Walker, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, and Grandville. The Rapid runs 28 fixed routes that connect to popular community destinations including major colleges and universities like GVSU and Aquinas College, Woodland Mall and RiverTown Crossings, Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Van Andel Arena, Blandford Nature Center, among several others.
Align's Study Area includes the six cities listed above but will also pursue a regional approach to transit investment by considering the entire Grand Rapid Urbanized Area (UZA) boundary. The UZA extends north to the City of Rockford and west into Ottawa County and includes Hudsonville, Georgetown Township, and Allendale Township.