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New bus shelters coming to underserved areas in Grand Rapids

Effort by city to make public transit more inclusive.

nstallation of 35 bus shelters — 19 of them in underserved neighborhoods — is expected to be completed by next October in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the transfer of $250,000 to pay for the shelters and installation.

Assistant Mobile GR Director Justin Kimura said the effort aims to encourage greater public transit ridership across Grand Rapids and specifically in the western Michigan city’s historically underserved communities.

Where necessary, the shelters will have solar-powered lighting.

Installation of the shelters aligns with the city’s vision and values of equity and inclusion as identified in Grand Rapids’ strategic plan, city officials say.