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Transit Initiatives Task Force Information Center


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Welcome to the Information Center -- a destination point for task force findings, research and conceptual plans. This thread will be updated periodically. We encourage all members and visitors to participate in the ongoing discussion held at the transit updates thread.

About The Task Force

The Transit Initiatives Task Force advocates for progress on local transportation issues. Task force members meet frequently via the Urban Planet -- Grand Rapids Internet forum for discussion. This forum represents an effective, open and convenient place for citizens to take an active role in shaping their community. On special occasions the task force may convene at locations throughout Metropolitan Grand Rapids to carry out its mission.

Mission Statement

To incite discussion and advocate for the advancement of public transit in Metropolitan Grand Rapids/West Michigan.


A copy of the Task Force proposal is available here:



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Transit Modes

The following modes below offer different operational features such as vehicle capacity, equipment and frequency of service. Definitions of rail and bus modes are provided by the American Pubic Transportation Association.

What is Commuter Rail?

Commuter rail (also called metropolitan rail, regional rail, or suburban rail ) is an electric or diesel propelled railway for urban passenger train service consisting of local short distance travel operating between a central city and adjacent suburbs. Service must be operated on a regular basis by or under contract with a transit operator for the purpose of transporting passengers within urbanized areas, or between urbanized areas and outlying areas. Such rail service, using either locomotive hauled or self propelled railroad passenger cars, is generally characterized by multi-trip tickets, specific station to station fares, railroad employment practices and usually only one or two stations in the central business district. Intercity rail service is excluded, except for that portion of such service that is operated by or under contract with a public transit agency for predominantly commuter services, which means that for any given trip segment (i.e., distance between any two stations), more than 50% of the average daily ridership travels on the train at least three times a week.

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