Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has given the ceremonial green light to a rapid bus line in Grand Rapids.
The Republican governor joined other state and local officials Thursday for a ground-breaking event for the state's first Bus Rapid Transit line. Construction on the first of 33 stations began last week for the $40 million Silver Line that's expected to be ready for riders in August 2014.
The rapid transit line is designed to travel as fast as a light rail system but at a fraction of the cost. It will feature pre-paid fares, traffic signal priority and semi-exclusive lanes.
The project is primarily funded by the federal government but includes state money.
Snyder says the Silver Line can be a model for other transit projects.