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Ride The Rapid to Derby Station


Sticking to a tight budget can be a challenge when it comes to dining out. On this week’s FOX 17 Thrifty Thursday special, we’re featuring  a restaurant where you can get a great deal on vegetarian-friendly cuisine every Monday, as well as drink specials throughout the rest of the week.

Derby Station is located in East Grand Rapids in Gaslight Village at 2237 Wealthy St. SE. You can’t miss the gorgeous wood and brick exterior. Calling themselves the local pub of East Grand Rapids, Derby Station’s menu features diverse cuisine ranging from Fish-n–Chips to Gaslight Village Jambalaya. Diners will also be met with a beverage menu boasting 36 beers on tap, ranging from classic Founders Brewing Co. to international selections. If you’re looking to try a new food or drink, Derby Station is the place to go.

Derby Station Deals We Love

-   Derby Station Mug Club members receive half off of all appetizers and $2 off beer from Monday – Thursday, as well as other deals.
-   Meatless Mondays:  Half off some of the healthier options on the menu.
-  Half off all glasses of wine on Tuesdays.
-  $2 off all pints of Michigan beer on Wednesdays.
-  $2 off a “special” glass of beer on Thursdays.
- Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $4.50 hand-crafted Bloody Mary’s.

Plan your trip to Derby Station. 

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Upcoming Routes & Service Changes: Mark Your Calendars for May 9, 2016


On May 9, 2016, there will be several route and schedules changes that go into place across the system. Please plan your travel accordingly.

Routes changes

Route 24
Eastbound: Camelot to Lake Eastbrook, left on Lake Eastbrook to 28th St, right on 28th St to enter Kentwood Station by Flag Star Bank.
Westbound: Depart Kentwood Station left onto outer mall drive to Radcliff, left on Radcliff to 28th St, left on 28th St to Lake Eastbrook, left on Lake Eastbrook to Camelot, right on Camelot to East Paris.

Route 17: Added Trip
One trip will be added to the service day; this trip will express to the airport via Broadmoor to 44th Street, and then travel regular route back to Woodland Mall.

Route 5: Added Trip
One northbound trip will be added at 11:40 p.m.; this trip will connect with the 12:15 a.m. lineup.

Schedules changes

There are schedule changes for the following routes on the corresponding days listed.

Route 6Northbound departure times from Woodland Mall adjusted on weekdays, Saturday & Sunday.

Route 7: Hourly Sunday service from 8:15 a.m.-6:41 p.m.

Route 10Northbound Sunday departure times from 54th Street Meijer adjusted.

Route 16: Northbound Sunday departures times from Metro Health adjusted.

Route 24: Westbound weekday and Saturday arrival & departure times adjusted.

Kentwood Station Changes

The routes 5, 24, and 17/44 will change slots at the Kentwood Station platform.


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Take the Silver Line to the Kroc Center


Have you had the opportunity to visit the Grand Rapids Kroc Center? Located steps away from Division Avenue, you can ride the Silver Line directly to the Kroc Center Station to get to this full-service fitness and community center.

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is home to educational, recreational, worship and art activities, as well as various programs. With members ranging from toddlers to seniors, visitors have access to fitness equipment, a climbing wall, aquatic center and more.

This past Thursday we partnered with FOX 17 to share special membership deal with the Kroc Center. While you may have missed out on the one-day-only special, there’s still so many deals and specials to take advantage of. One awesome membership deal the Kroc Center is still running is perfect if you’re seeking summer fun. Come in at any time and purchase a Kroc Center Summer Pass. These passes are valid from May 1, 2016, until August 31, 2016. Here are the Kroc Center Summer Pass prices:

-  Family Summer Pass: $300
- Up to five people total (two adults maximum) in one household.
- Potential savings over membership: $70
-  Adult Summer Pass: $140
- Potential savings over membership: $62
-  Teen Summer Pass (Ages 12-17): $80
- Potential savings over membership: $37

Some other specials to consider are Senior Fridays, where members ages 55 and older can come for coffee and pastries, bingo, fitness classes, speakers and movies. While on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon, toddlers and parents are welcome to enjoy play time and more. Kroc Center also has many wonderful programs for all ages.

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Students’ Poetry Takes a Ride on The Rapid


In honor of National Poetry Month, we have partnered with the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate L.S. Klatt to showcase and celebrate poetry written by area elementary and middle school students.

Students from five after school programs worked with Klatt to write haiku based on the history of transportation in Grand Rapids. The students’ poetry was inspired by archival photographs provided by the Grand Rapids Public Library and the Grand Rapids Historical Society. Klatt conducted the poetry workshops in fall and winter on 2015 at the Creative Youth Center, the Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities Cook Center, Living Stones Academy, The Potter’s House and Camp Blodgett Club at Alpine Elementary. The haiku from six students were chosen to represent the project, then paired with the historical photos. They are now being displayed on the inside of 150 Rapid buses, two on each bus.Lew Klatt speaks to crowd at poetry event.

While other cities have featured the poetry of nationally or regionally recognized poets on public transportation—most notably, New York’s Poetry In Motion program in the subways—the Grand Poems in Rapid Transit project focuses on education and honors the creative work of local school children.

“We are excited to be a part of this program. It’s a great way for The Rapid to support arts education for the young people in our community and to provide our riders with something to brighten their day during the ride,” said Jennifer Kalczuk External Relations Manager for The Rapid.

The Grand Rapids Poet Laureate is an ambassador for poetry, creating programs and projects to foster the writing and reading of poetry in the greater metropolitan area. Calvin College professor L.S. Klatt is the current Poet Laureate. His three-year term started in April 2014.The Poet Laureate program has been run by the Grand Rapids Public Library since 2012 and is funded by an endowment from the Dyer Ives Foundation. The Grand Rapids Public Library connects people to the transforming power of knowledge.

Students view their haiku.

Have you noticed the haiku on board your bus yet?

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Public Event Aims to Get user Feedback of New Laker Line Station


We need your input as we continue designing the Laker Line!

The Laker Line, Grand Rapids’ newest bus rapid transit (BRT) line, will hold a public open house event on Wednesday, April 20 on Fulton Street under US-131 near Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus. The event, which runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seeks to solicit public feedback on proposed station amenities and locations near the downtown campus. We hope to highlight station features to potential users as well as demonstrate proposed new crosswalk locations, and survey users on safety concerns.

This event will take place rain or shine. Attendees should also come hungry as there will be two food trucks, Patty Matters and RIX STIX Pronto Pup, serving up delicious food.

Visit to learn more about the future of Route 50 and the Laker Line.

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Ride The Rapid to the Grand Rapids Art Museum


Get on board The Rapid to connect to fun destinations throughout Grand Rapids and the suburbs! We partnered with FOX 17 to bring you budget-friendly deals you can ride the bus to get to.

This Thrifty Thursday take a walk on the artsy side! We’re featuring The Grand Rapids Art Museum as a must-visit destination.

Located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids on the edge of Rosa Parks Circle, GRAM is the perfect art destination for all ages. Aside from being one of the city’s most iconic architectural landmarks, GRAM also houses a rotation of visiting exhibits. Collections displayed within the museum range from Renaissance to Modern Art, as well as 19th and 20th century European and American art. There’s something for everyone at GRAM.

Current exhibitions on view include Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, GRAM Selects ArtPrize Seven: Encore, Maurice Sendak and Modern Design at GRAM: 20th Century Furniture.

Thrifty Thursday Deals

General admission to GRAM is free all-day (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Tuesday and 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays.

Watch the FOX 17 Thrifty Thursday segment.

Plan your trip to the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Address: 101 Monroe Center Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Routes to ride: Silver Line, 6, 9, 11, 13, 19
Nearest stop location: Ottawa & Monroe Center (served by 6 & 13)

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How Ride-Hailing Apps like Uber Benefit Public Transit


Do you use Uber to get you where you need to go in times where riding the bus, bike or driving your car just isn’t possible or convenient?

The ability to request, track and pay for trips via mobile devices is a game changer in the way people get around and interact with cities.  In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers looked at the traveling habits of 4,500 people in seven cities and it revealed that the more people use shared services like Lyft and Uber, the more likely they will use public transportation.  In fact, among those that use Lyft and Uber, 50 percent say they use a train and 45 percent report using a bus frequently.

In the study Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit, the study author’s surveyed “shared use” or “ridesourcing” consumers in seven cities: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  In addition, researchers conducted in-depth interviews with private ride-sourcing operators and public transit agency officials to understand the impact of new-tech mobility services.  The study was prepared for the American Public Transportation Association through the Transit Cooperative Research Program.

“As the study shows, people who use public transit and these shared services are making a lifestyle change that results in more walking, less driving and greater household savings because of overall lower transportation costs.” said APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall.  “It is important that we provide options that complement and enhance our public transit service.”

“The way people get around in communities is being transformed, and public transportation is at the heart of this formal shift,” said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.  “Together with companies like Lyft and Uber, we are integral to creating a dynamic multimodal lifestyle.”

Using Uber and Lyft is a gateway to a car-lite lifestyle, with users owning fewer cars in a household, according to the study.  The effects on vehicle ownership are even greater among frequent users of several shared modes, such as bikesharing, carsharing (e.g. Zipcar), and ridesourcing.  These frequent shared users own nearly half a car less than a transit-only user– 1.5 versus 1.05 cars per household.

“This study confirms what we’ve always believed — ridesharing is an important complement to public transportation,” said David Plouffe, Chief Advisor and Board Member for Uber.  “We’re excited to work with transit operators across the country to accelerate progress toward our common goal: cities with better mobility for residents that are less congested, less polluted and less dependent on personal car ownership.”

“APTA’s study shows the powerful positive impact Lyft and public transit can achieve when we work together,” said Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy for Lyft. “Transit is the backbone of urban mobility, and Lyft’s flexible, reliable service helps fill in the gaps. These findings prove that Lyft and transit combined reduce the need for car ownership, which will lead to more livable, sustainable cities.”

The study authors noted that once people are introduced to ridesharing, significant lifestyle changes take place, such as 30 percent of shared mobility users report driving a car to work less often.  Using a combination of public transit, and ridesharing may lead to better health.  Almost half of all respondents and nearly two-thirds of frequent users of shared services also say they are more physically active since they began using shared mobility services.  In addition, it could lead to significant financial savings, 20 percent report postponing a car purchase, 18 percent decided not to buy one at all, and 21 percent sold their car and did not replace it.

In every study city, a clear peak in ridesourcing demand is visible between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on weekends, and in the majority of cities this is the time of greatest demand overall—public transit is often unavailable at this time, meaning ridesourcing does not compete directly with public transportation, but rather, complements the entire mobility network.  Fifty-four percent indicated that they had used ridesourcing for a recreational or social trip within the last three months, which means there are fewer drunk drivers on the road, the study authors highlight.

In the study Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit researchers conducted a quantitative survey of more than 4,500 shared-use mobility consumers.  In addition, study authors interviewed more than 70 officials at public agencies along with representatives of five shared-use private mobility operators.  To read the study in its entirety go to

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Ride The Rapid to Easter Events Throughout Grand Rapids


The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. And nothing says Easter quite like a good old-fashioned egg hunt! This weekend let The Rapid get you to a number of family-friendly Easter events throughout the Grand Rapids area.

John Ball Park Easter Egg Hunt

Don’t miss one of the largest Easter egg hunts in Grand Rapids! On Saturday, March 26 more than 2,500 children will hunt for eggs! Ride Route 12 to this free event in the John Ball Area Neighborhood. This free event is from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Donations are welcome!

Route 12, 18 & 50 can get you there.

Fashion & Tea at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Ride with us to the Grand Rapids Public Museum on March 26 to learn about fashion, customs and culture from the Civil War Era into the 20th Century and explore the Museum’s Education Collection of vintage clothing. The programs will begin in the Streets of Old Grand Rapids exhibition, which will transport guests back in time to the Victorian era. The program will continue on the Museum’s second floor where guests can indulge in sweet treats and tea. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $13 for members.

Routes 7, 9, 12 & 50 can get you there.

Walker Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. head to Walker Ice & Fitness Center to hunt for eggs. Children ages two through eight can hunt for wrapped candy and eggs that can be redeemed for prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be available for photos.

Route 7 can get you there.

Kentwood Breakfast with the Bunny

Celebrate Easter at Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday, March 26. This family-friendly event includes a pancake breakfast, photos with the Easter Bunny and activities such as face painting for children. All ages are welcome from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Photos will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Please bring your own camera. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Route 1 & 44 can get you there.

Easter Sunday at the Downtown Market

On Easter Sunday, bring your children to hunt for more than 1,000 eggs hidden throughout the Market Hall. These eggs will be filled with candy and a few select “golden” eggs will be filled with assorted Market gift cards from a variety of vendors or to the Market itself! The egg hunt begins at 10:00 a.m., however, there will be events throughout the day. Plan to be there early to ensure you get to participate in the egg hunt. There will also be a hula hoop performance and coloring in the greenhouse.

The Silver Line and Routes 1, 2 can get you there.

Six.One.Six Easter Brunch

Looking for an upscale and locally inspired Easter brunch experience? Visit at the JW Marriott this Easter Sunday. They’re serving up an artisan brunch menu that includes sirloin, ham, leg of lamb, and other mouth-watering options. The price is $37 for adults and $15 for children ages four through 12.

The Silver Line, Routes 9 & 11 can get you there. 

Where are you planning to celebrate this Easter holiday?

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Ride The Rapid to These 5 St. Patrick’s Day Events

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day safely. Let The Rapid be your designated driver.

Grand Rapids has a lot in store if you’re hoping to don green clothing and a bit of luck as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year! Travel responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day by letting us be your designated driver. And if you’re out later than we are, don’t forget that there’s always Uber to get you home safely.

Here are five great events to check out:

1. St. Patrick’s Day at The B.O.B.

Ride with us to The B.O.B. on Monroe for a day full of festivities on March 17. Starting at 2:00 p.m. there will be the Peanut Butter Porter bottle release, a selection of several craft beers and a great line-up of live music! There’s no cover charge for this event.

Rapid routes nearby: Route 1,4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

2. Celebrate at One Trick Pony Grill & Taproom

Stop by One Trick Pony on Fulton on March 17 for traditional Irish fare, music, Guinness on draft and more! Grand Rapids natives The Willeys will even be playing a set.

Rapid routes nearby: Silver Line, 4, 14, 15

3. The Legion Green Party

Get your green on with the American Legion Family. They’re welcoming the public at the American Legion Northeastern Post #459 at 658 Michigan St NE for The Legion Green Party! Beginning at 12:00 op.m., stop by for slow-cooked beef and cabbage, $3.75 Guinness, Jameson and Bushmills. Karaoke will kick off at 4:00 p.m. and the Bimini brothers will perform at 8:30 p.m.

Rapid routes nearby: Routes 13 & 19

4. The Moxie Strings at Founders Brewing Company

Seeking a unique musical experience this St. Patrick’s Day? Check out The Moxie Strings across from Rapid Central Station at Founders Brewing Company on March 17. They’re set to play at 9:30 p.m. and you can expect an electric cello, 5-string violin, and more.

Rapid routes nearby: Almost all routes lead to Founders.

5. Irish on Ionia

Michigan’s largest St. Patrick’s Day street party is back for another year of fun. This all day event begins bright and early at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. Taking place on Ionia St., the street party will stretch from Oakes to Fulton and Weston to Commerce ending at 10: 00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $15-60. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets in advance!

Rapid routes nearby: Route 1, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14, 15

Have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to travel responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day.