Speedier bus line in Grand Rapids area gets boost

A higher-speed bus line in the Grand Rapids area is getting a nearly $32 million boost from the federal government.
AP Wire
Oct 19, 2012

The Silver Line on Division Avenue on Thursday received a construction grant agreement. The federal funding is the last piece needed for the $39.8 million Silver Line to get rolling.

Construction is expected to begin next year. Following completion in 2015, the Silver Line will travel a 9.6-mile stretch of Division Avenue into and out of downtown Grand Rapids. The buses will run in dedicated lanes.

State funding for the project totals nearly $8 million.

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Vladtheimp

I'm so glad to have my tax dollars wasted on this boondoggle - $4,145,833.30 (that indeed is MILLION) PER MILE to construct a higher-speed (not high speed, apparently) bus line to connect people with jobs that are non-existent or stores that are closing because people have no money. Just a couple of questions that maybe the Tribune can look into since they never occurred to the AP: (1) Will the money spent be recouped through rider fees, and if so, how much will they charge and how long will it take? (2) Who is going to be responsible for maintenance? (3) How will these impact the environment? Since there is so much hand-wringing about money for say, schools, how many teachers could have been hired and compensated for this $39.8 million? How many education vouchers would it have paid for? If you wonder why the federal and state governments are broke, look no farther than the Michigan copy of the California high speed train to nowhere! Is this worth the feds borrowing $32 million from China for?

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