GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Installation 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.

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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.

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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.

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