Gov. Snyder in Michigan for groundbreaking ceremony
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 08:37 PM EDT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Governor Rick Snyder made a pit stop in West Michigan Thursday.
He took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $40 million rapid transit project in Wyoming.
The project has been in the works for years to bring the rapid transit silver line to the Grand Rapids area.
The line will stretch from 60th Street in Wyoming to downtown Grand Rapids, and it's expected to shave 40 percent off travel times.
The Governor is calling it a lifeline.
"We're not talking about a nice thing, we're talking about a critically important thing in terms of public transportation," Governor Snyder said. "It's people's lifeline to a job."
Construction work started last week on the first 33 stations, and is expected to be open for service by August 2014.