GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A project to create a high speed bus line in Grand Rapids is getting $32 million dollars in federal funding.
The announcement was made Thursday in Grand Rapids by Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, who called it "a huge quality of life changer for the people of this metropolitan area".
The Rapid's Silver Line would run along Division Avenue from Grand Rapids central business district to 60th Street in Kentwood. Rogoff said the Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT project, would be 40% faster than traditional busses, since they would travel on dedicated lanes, always get green lights, and have passengers buy tickets in stations en route.
"This is going to provide the same travel speed as light rail but with one tenth the cost - it's a great investment of tax dollars" Rogoff said.