Grand Rapids, Mich. (WZZM) - Many passengers are giving a thumbs up to the new Silver Line bus rapid transit service from Grand Rapids to Kentwood.
And not just because this week the bus fare is free.
"It was awesome," said Renee Wickham as she stepped down from the bus. "It was really fast; it was really clean. The buses were really nice. It was great!"
After 10 years of planning and construction, on Monday shiny green Silver Line buses began carrying passengers up and down Division Avenue between Grand Rapids and 60th Street in Kentwood. It's about nine and a half miles.
Part of the way, the buses have their own lane.
The Rapid can also turn red lights green when buses approach.
During peak morning and afternoon rush hours, the Rapid says Silver Line riders can cut their commute time almost in half.