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Places to go: Ride Guide for June 27 – July 3

 Silver Line leaving Rapid Central Station.

Mark your calendars for the following transit-friendly events taking place throughout our service area:

- June 27 — Eastown Bizarre Bazaar
Get your fill of local artists, potters, sculptors, and jewelry designers in the heart of Eastown.

Routes nearby: 5, 6, 14

- June 28 — Kidstruction Zone at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
Dig up some fun with your kids in the kid-size construction site.

Routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15 

- June 29 — Jazz in the Park
Enjoy this free concert series at Ah-Nab-Awen Park featuring the West Michigan Jazz Society.

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 51–please be advised of detours.

- June 30 — GR Reads: The Movies — Harold and Maude
Enjoy this cult classic film at Wealthy Theatre.

Routes nearby: 5, 6

- July 1 — Free Funky Buddha Outdoor Yoga Class at Mangiamo!
Get outside and stretch your limbs at this awesome free yoga class.

Routes nearby: 6, 14

- July 2 — “Through the Eyes of Weidenaar”
Be curious at the Grand Rapids Public Museum as you discover the work of local artist and renowned printmaker, Reynold Weidenaar.

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 12, 50

- July 3 — First Friday Gallery Hops
South Division is the ultimate destination to discover artwork and local artists.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 5, 15

Where are we taking you this week?

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Real Rider – Todd Y. Shares Why He Prefers Riding The Bus to Driving

Are you a Real Rider of The Rapid? If you’re interested in being featured as a part of our series, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration by clicking the link on the right side of this blog. 

Riding The Rapid in Grand Rapids.

“I ride the bus because it’s convenient for me.”

Rapid Rider Todd Y. is relatively new to Grand Rapids, but access to the bus as a transit option has transformed the way he lives. As an Assistant Professor at Aquinas, he uses The Rapid as his main means of transportation to and from work, as well as a connection to extracurricular activities throughout the city. For Todd, getting on board is a convenient, reliable, and a chance for him to check out and enjoy a podcast or music. Like other riders in our Real Riders of The Rapid series, he noted that riding the bus makes him feel more connected to his community and offers him a chance to talk to people he wouldn’t get to meet if he was commuting via car.

“I would imagine the bus may be more reliable than I am at times,” said Todd Y. 

Learn more about why Todd prefers public transportation, how economics relates to transit and his favorite memory on board:

Why do you get on board?

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Summer in the City: Getting to Know Public Transportation

Each summer the Michigan Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) hosts a youth program in Grand Rapids known as Summer in the City. Students from around the state travel to Grand Rapids for a week of learning that includes riding public transportation and exploring the community. Our Travel Trainers here at The Rapid were fortunate enough to meet with Summer in the City students and help familiarize them with using the bus as a means of transportation.

The students had the opportunity to get familiar with a Rapid fixed-route bus to practice proper boarding and deboarding, as well as learn more about the system and have an opportunity to ask questions.

One of The Rapid’s fixed-route buses being used for travel training.

Summer in the City students smile during their travel training session.

Summer in the City students smile during their travel training session.

Students getting to know The Rapid fixed-route buses.

Students getting to know The Rapid fixed-route buses.

Rapid bus operator Sherri helping students learn how to use the fareboxes.

Rapid bus operator Sherry helping students learn how to use the fareboxes.

Interested in learning more about The Rapid’s Travel Training program? Visit our website

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Places to go: Ride Guide for June 20 – 26

 

The Silver Line by Founders Brewing Company

Mark your calendars for the following transit-friendly events taking place throughout our service area:

- June 20 – Founders Fest
Just steps away from Rapid Central Station you can enjoy live music, craft beer, and good food.

Routes nearby: Most routes can get you to Founders for this event, but please be advised of detours.

- June 21 — Camp Curious
This learning lab at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is for children aged 4-16. Give your kids a chance to be curious!

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 12, 50

- June 22 – Free Outdoor Fitness Classes: Yoga
In partnership with DGRI, Parks & Recreation is offering free outdoor classes at various downtown parks. Don’t miss a chance to do yoga at Ah-Nab-Awen Park!

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 51–please be advised of detours.

- June 23 — Live Music Tuesday at Bar Divani
Make some time for live music and a cocktail. We’ll drive.

Routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15.

- June 24 – T.J. Wilcox: In The Air
Don’t miss this unique art exhibition currently at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 6, 9, 11, 13, 50

- June 25 — Farm To Glass: Flower Power
Learn something new at the Downtown Market with this class on all things flowers.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 2, 5

- June 26 — Garage Bar Block Parties – Special Block Party to Benefit Freedom Cruise
Enjoy a movie under the stars! All you need to bring is a blanket, snacks, and some drinks.

Routes nearby: 

Where are we taking you this week?

Mark your calendars for the following transit-friendly events taking place throughout our service area:

- June 20 – Founders Fest
Just steps away from Rapid Central Station you can enjoy live music, craft beer, and good food.

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Rapid Growth: See Where Local Grand Rapids Chefs eat on Their day off

When they’re not hard at work creating amazing cuisine for Grand Rapidians, where do local chefs go for delicious food? Rapid Growth Media followed Paul Lee of The Winchester and Donkey-Tanqueria and Jenna Arcidiacono of Amore Trattoria Italiana as they rode the Silver Line to their favorite pho restaurant.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

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APTA June Savings Report: How Much Could Dumping The Pump Save You?

dump the pump

Now is the time to join millions of others across the country as they save money by riding public transportation during National Dump the Pump Day on June 18th. Or if you are a frequent rider of public transit, take a friend along and remind them that using public transportation can save you big bucks when you “dump the pump” on your daily commute.

For instance, the annual savings is $9,530 per year if a person switches their commute to public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) June Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can also save, on average, more than $794 per month.

These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the June 8, 2015 average national gas price ($2.75 per gallon- reported by AAA), and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $166.26, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study, which is the most recent report available.  Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995.

The top 20 cities with the highest public transit ridership are ranked in order of their transit savings based on the purchase of a monthly public transit pass.  The savings also factor in local gas prices for June 8, 2015 and the local monthly unreserved parking rate.*

 City  Monthly  Annual
1 New York  $1,348 $16,179
2 San Francisco  $1,229 $14,747
3 Boston  $1,190 $14,280
4 Chicago  $1,114 $13,365
5 Philadelphia  $1,113 $13,355
6 Seattle  $1,100 $13,195
7 Los Angeles  $1,080 $12,960
8 Honolulu  $1,073 $12,872
9 San Diego  $1,032 $12,380
10 Portland  $999 $11,985
11 Minneapolis $989 $11,867
12 Baltimore $970 $11,640
13 Denver $968 $11,622
14 Washington, DC $948 $11,381
15 Pittsburgh $936  $11,237
16 Cleveland $930  $11,154
17 Las Vegas $905  $10,858
18 Atlanta $904  $10,851
19 Miami $901  $10,814
20 Dallas $893  $10,713

*Based on gasoline prices as reported by AAA on 6/8/15

Methodology

APTA calculates the average cost of taking public transit by determining the cost of the average monthly transit pass of local public transit agencies across the country.  This information is based on the annual APTA fare collection survey and is weighted based on ridership (unlinked passenger trips).  The assumption is that a person making a switch to public transportation would likely purchase an unlimited pass on the local public transit agency, typically available on a monthly basis.

APTA then compares the average monthly transit fare to the average cost of driving.  The cost of driving is calculated using the 2014 AAA average cost of driving formula.  That formula is based on variable and fixed costs.  The variable costs include the cost of gas, maintenance and tires.  The fixed costs include insurance, license registration, depreciation and finance charges.  The comparison also uses the average mileage of a mid-size auto at 23.1 miles per gallon and the price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline as recorded by AAA on June 8, 2015 at $2.75 per gallon.  The analysis also assumes that a person will drive an average of 15,000 miles per year.  The savings is based on the assumption that a person in a two-person household lives with one less car.

In determining the cost of parking, APTA uses the data from the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study for monthly unreserved parking rates for the United States which is the most recent report available.

To calculate your individual savings, with or without car ownership, go to www.publictransportation.org.

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Places to go: Ride Guide for June 13 – 19

exiting the silver line

Get on board and we’ll get you to great events this weekend and throughout next week. Mark your calendar for the following events in our service area:

- June 13 — DeVos Place 10th Anniversary Open House
Celebrate 10 years of DeVos Place with this free event. We’ll be there!

Routes nearby: Silver Line & 11

- June 14 – Brookby Enchanted Fairy Garden Walk
Tour the Brookby Estate, a historical Grand Rapids landmark, after its transformation into a magical place featuring fairy homes.

Routes nearby: 6 & 14

- June 15 — Free Outdoor Fitness Classes: Yoga
In partnership with DGRI, Parks & Recreation is offering free outdoor classes at various downtown parks. Don’t miss a chance to do yoga at Ah-Nab-Awen Park!

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 51–please be advised of detours.

- June 16 — Gilly’s Happy Hour at The B.O.B.
Stop by for $2.99 happy hour beverages.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

- June 17 — Circle Theatre: The 39 Steps
If you love Alfred Hitchcock, spy novels, and Monty Python, this play is for you.

Routes nearby: 6 & 14

- June 18 — Composting & Mulching Greenhouse Class
Head over to the Downtown Market to learn why composting and mulching is so important for your landscaping and garden.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 2, 5

- June 19 — Movies in the Park — Dazed & Confused
Enjoy a movie under the stars! All you need to bring is a blanket, snacks, and some drinks.

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 51–please be advised of detours. 

Where are we taking you this week?

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3 Pools With Free Admission For Grand Rapids City Kids

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Beginning today, June 10, city residents age 17 and younger will be provided with free admission to public pools in the City of Grand Rapids. This shift in admission for the pool season is due in part to a donation from businessman Bob Sullivan. Last year Grand Rapids voters also authorized a 0.98-mill property tax to ensure that city pools will open for 12 weeks every summer. 

So grab your swimsuit, towel, and let us take you and your family to these swimming destinations:

1. Briggs Pool

Briggs Park is located at Lafayette and Knapp NE.
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Ride Route 11 to get there.

2. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool

Located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Fuller and Franklin SE
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Routes 2, 5, & 19 can get you there.

3. Richmond Pool

This pool is located at Richmond Park at Richmond and Tamarack NW.
Hours: Monday – 12:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 12:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Get on board Routes 7 and 9.

We hope that you can enjoy free admission for your children. You can purchase passes for riding The Rapid on our website, at Central Station, TVM locations, and at local retailers. 

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Places to go: Ride Guide for June 6 – 12

While summer may not officially be here just yet, festivals certainly have arrived. This weekend and coming week are jam-packed with events and activities. Enjoy!

- June 5 – 7 – Festival of the Arts
Finally! Don’t miss West Michigan’s celebration of the arts. Three days of art, food, music, and more.

Routes nearby: Located only a few blocks from Rapid Central Station, nearly all routes can get you close. Please be cautious about route detours. 

- June 6 – Local First Street Party
Get ready to drinks, eat, listen to music, create art and kick off summer. This is a free, family-friendly event.

Routes nearby: 1, 4, 9, 14, 15 & many more. View routes nearby.

- June 7 — Outdoor Farmers Market
Be sure to check out the vendors at this farmers market located at the Downtown Market. Don’t forget your reusable grocery bags!

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 2, as well as within walking distance from Rapid Central Station.

- June 8 — Jazz in the Park
Located at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, this free concert series is a great chance to come together and enjoy the classic sounds of jazz.

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 50–please be advised of detours.

- June 9 — Live Music Tuesday at Bar Divani
Spice up your week early on with some live music.

Routes nearby: 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15

- June 10 – Egypt: Be Curious
Discover the culture of ancient Egypt at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Routes nearby: 7, 9, 12, 50

- June 11 — Lambert and Stamp
Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to search for a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor, and manage the iconic band known as The Who and create rock ‘n’ roll history. This film is playing at the UICA.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 4, 6, 13, 14, 15

- June 12– Ghosts of Grand Rapids Tour
While it may not be Halloween, take some time to learn more about the spookier side of downtown Grand Rapids with this guided tour.

Routes nearby: Silver Line, 1, 4, 6, 14, 15

Where are we taking you this week?

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As The Summer Heat and Gas Prices Rise, Taking Public Transit Makes Sense

 Keep calm and save money.

Summer has arrived and temperatures and fuel prices are rising.  Gas prices are up 20 cents over last month, and up 32 cents over the past two months. While auto drivers are seeing their cost go up as temperatures rise, public transit commuters are staying cool and relaxed as they continue to see steady savings each month.

For instance this month, the annual savings for public transit riders is $9,524, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) May Transit Savings Report. Individuals who ride public transportation instead of driving can also save, on average, more than $794 per month.

These savings are based on the cost of commuting by public transportation compared to the cost of owning and driving a vehicle which includes the May 27, 2015 average national gas price ($2.74 per gallon- reported by AAA), and the national unreserved monthly parking rate numbers.

APTA releases this monthly Transit Savings Report to examine how an individual in a two-person household can save money by taking public transportation and living with one less car.

The national average for a monthly unreserved parking space in a downtown business district is $166.26, according to the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study, which is the most recent report available.  Over the course of a year, parking costs for a vehicle can amount to an average of $1,995.

The top 20 cities with the highest public transit ridership are ranked in order of their transit savings based on the purchase of a monthly public transit pass.  The savings also factor in local gas prices for May 27, 2015 and the local monthly unreserved parking rate.*

   City  Monthly  Annual
1 New York  $1,348 $16,172
2 San Francisco  $1,235 $14,819
3 Boston  $1,189 $14,267
4 Chicago  $1,113 $13,359
5 Philadelphia  $1,112 $13,348
6 Seattle  $1,101 $13,208
7 Los Angeles  $1,089 $13,070
8 Honolulu  $1,072 $12,859
9 San Diego  $1,041 $12,496
10 Portland  $1,000 $11,998
11 Minneapolis $985 $11,821
12 Baltimore  $969 $11,627
13 Denver $967 $11,609
14 Washington, DC $947 $11,362
15 Pittsburgh $936  $11,237
16 Cleveland $928  $11,141
17 Las Vegas $908  $10,890
18 Atlanta $902  $10,825
19 Miami $901  $10,814
20 Dallas $888  $10,661

 

*Based on gasoline prices as reported by AAA on 5/27/15

Methodology
APTA calculates the average cost of taking public transit by determining the cost of the average monthly transit pass of local public transit agencies across the country.  This information is based on the annual APTA fare collection survey and is weighted based on ridership (unlinked passenger trips).  The assumption is that a person making a switch to public transportation would likely purchase an unlimited pass on the local public transit agency, typically available on a monthly basis.

APTA then compares the average monthly transit fare to the average cost of driving.  The cost of driving is calculated using the 2014 AAA average cost of driving formula.  That formula is based on variable and fixed costs.  The variable costs include the cost of gas, maintenance and tires.  The fixed costs include insurance, license registration, depreciation and finance charges.  The comparison also uses the average mileage of a mid-size auto at 23.1 miles per gallon and the price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline as recorded by AAA on May 27, 2015 at $2.74 per gallon.  The analysis also assumes that a person will drive an average of 15,000 miles per year.  The savings is based on the assumption that a person in a two-person household lives with one less car.

In determining the cost of parking, APTA uses the data from the 2012 Colliers International Parking Rate Study for monthly unreserved parking rates for the United States which is the most recent report available.

To calculate your individual savings, with or without car ownership, go to www.publictransportation.org.