high speed buses http://michiganradio.org en Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/super-fast-bus-line-coming-grand-rapids-2014 <p>Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system will be built in the Grand Rapids area. Bus rapid transit operates similar to light rail, but because less infrastructure is needed, bus rapid transit is much cheaper. Buses will arrive at stops every ten minutes. They’ll have designated lanes and be able to change traffic lights so they don’t have to slow down.</p><p>On Thursday federal, state and local officials gathered at The Rapid Central Station to officially sign the agreement. Peter Rogoff is with the Federal Transit Administration.</p><p>“It’s going to lower commute times by some 40-percent and even for folks that never take the bus, it’s going to take congestion off of US-131 and off of Division; in a way that’s going to be beneficial to everybody,” Rogoff said.</p><p>The new bus line, the Silver Line, won’t be complete until the summer of 2014, according to The Rapid CEO Peter Varga. It will run almost ten miles between the residential suburbs south of Grand Rapids up to major employers and the ‘medical mile’ in the downtown area.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIh_cPP5wvE&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:10:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9525 at http://michiganradio.org Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 Bing: High-speed buses step toward "regional cooperation" http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-high-speed-buses-step-toward-regional-cooperation <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says plans for light rail in the city are being scrapped in favor of a regional rapid transit bus system.</p><p>Bus rapid transit is usually more efficient and faster than regular city bus services.</p><p>Years of planning and millions of dollars went into the proposal to run a light rail line up Woodward Avenue, from downtown Detroit to the city limits.</p><p>But Bing says he&rsquo;s been talking with Obama administration officials, Governor Snyder, and other southeast Michigan leaders over the past several months.</p> Wed, 14 Dec 2011 21:36:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5401 at http://michiganradio.org Bing: High-speed buses step toward "regional cooperation"