After ten years in the making, today marks the official kick off of the "Silver Line", the new transit line from The Rapid.
The route will span Kentwood and Wyoming and connect to downtown Grand Rapids mostly using Division Avenue. The route will also connect the southern metro area of Grand Rapids to the Medical Mile.
The Silver Line will make stops at stations set up at major employment centers, medical facilities, and entertainment locations after a stop at the intersection of Wealthy and Division.
During peak hours riders can expect a 10-minute wait time and a 20-minute wait time otherwise; that's during the week (M-F) - weekend times haven't been finalized yet. (Weekend hours will probably mimic existing times: 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.)
The ceremonial first ride will leave the Kroc Center Station on Division Avenue this morning at 9 a.m. and will travel to Rapid Central Station, where the system will open at 9:30 a.m.
The right lanes on Division between 44th Street and Wealthy Street and on Monroe Avenue between Michigan and Fulton Streets will be designated as Silver Line only lanes during weekday rush hours - between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
In order to ensure the Silver Line runs as efficient and quickly as possible, drivers who disrupt the Silver Line in those right lanes could face hefty fines.
In Wyoming driving in the Silver Line lane could get you a $110 ticket and two points on your license - Grand Rapid Drivers will get an impeding traffic violation, a $118 ticket, but no points on their license.
Street signs will have instructions about when the lanes are reserved for buses.