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Subway or Railcar system.

Create a Subway or Railcar system the likes of either Chicago for above ground or NYC for below ground. Commuting this way would lower drunk

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Having a Subway or metro system like Chicago, NYC or even San Francisco, would lower drunk driving because people could take the train. It could increase the speed of people going from downtown to Allendale. We could slowly build these systems out to the different suburbs so you could take a 30 min train ride to Holland for the day, not worry about parking. Spend time there and come back without the cost of gas, parking, less driving accidents etc. Even if this was a small monorail system just in GR proper. That went around the various sides of the city, it could make getting around in the winter easier too.

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

College students, suburban folks, city folks etc

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)

I saw an ad and clicked to fill this out

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

I would run a few surveys to see if people in the city would be interested. I would get a team together to help plan a route that could work for either downtown, or to a suburb, or something of that nature. It would make money by having Subway cards/entry cost. Call it $1.75/ride or a monthly pass for $50, or and annual for $600. Maybe you could offer rate reductions for lower income families and have the normal price at like $2.25 a ride. But certainly charging for it makes sense.

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

I don't know yet.

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Photo of Tom Bulten
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Hi Jonathan: Thanks for proposing the idea! I'm one of the facilitators for the Challenge. Streetcars and metrorail have been discussed elsewhere on the forum (ie: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/grand-rapids/propose/gvsu-allendale-downtown-gr-ford-airport-metrorail-a-rare-alignment-of-super-regional-destinations-overcomes-population-density-deficit). Is there a way that you can pilot the idea for less than $100,000?

Photo of Chad Gainor
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Could build a 3d model of it in Unity. That's about it.

Unless Elon Musk wants to bring a Boring machine over and bore a hyper loop tube under GR, I'd say this is unrealistic.

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