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Park and rides

I think we should have free park and rides for the outside of downtown area.

Photo of Ruthe Nichole
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I live just outside of Grand Rapids city limits. It takes me 15 mins to drive to downtown grand rapids. It takes me 20 mins to find a parking spot. It would take me an hour to take the bus. so by driving myself I save 25 mins. 

I think there should be a free park and ride taking people quickly downtown. We could set it up off 131 (36th street has a lot that used to be for GM employees- although it doesn't have to be there if anyone knows of a different lot) the bus would pick people up, go straight downtown and drop them off. People wouldn't need to find a parking spot downtown, and it would only take 15 mins to get there.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

anyone who wanted to get downtown quickly and not have to drive/ find a parking spot

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

no team. just an idea

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • No funding is required

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

it wouldn't make money. Its a service to make people WANT to take a bus. It might increase bus revenue

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

it the park and ride lot was full. and there were actual non taken parking spots downtown it would be a success.

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Photo of Tom Bulten
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Hi Ruthe: I'm one of the facilitators here on the forum. Thank you for highlighting the value of Park and Ride lots. The Michigan Department of Transportation offers several lots in the region (https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9615_11234---,00.html). TheRapid bus service offers free Park and Ride lots at 60th and Division and Burton and Division along the "Silver Line" rapid transit route. Maybe you could expand and refine your proposal to encourage more people to use these lots.