Monthly Archives: March 2015

Stand Up 4 Transportation Day

On April 9, public transportation supporters around the nation are uniting in their communities and online to send a powerful message to Congress: It’s time to provide long-term investment for America’s transportation network. On Stand Up 4 Transportation Day (SU4T) The Rapid will be raising awareness about the proposed Laker Line, which would transition the… Read more »

Real Rider – Find Out Why Kadie S. Gets On Board

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.  “Being introduced to The Rapid has helped me tremendously. I ride for the… Read more »

U.S. Public Transportation Hits 10.8 Billion Trips

In 2014, public transportation achieved its highest ridership in 58 years. According to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation last year. “In 2014, people took a record 10.8 billion trips on public transportation — the highest annual ridership number in 58… Read more »

ICYMI: Rappin’ On The Rapid

Laughfest, the 10-day festival of all-things-funny may be finished for 2014, but that doesn’t mean there’s still laughs to be had. Rapid Growth Lifestyle Editor and Publisher, Tommy Allen shares a glimpse into what happens when local comic Matt Laurie takes visiting Laughest comedian Tracey Ashley for a ride on the Silver Line. Have you ridden the… Read more »

Beyond Traffic: The 30-Year Framework For The Future

Transportation infrastructure may not be the most sexy topic of conversation, but it’s crucial to your daily life, and the  nation as a whole. On behalf of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), we would like to invite you to have a frank conversation about the shape, size and condition of our nation’s transportation network… Read more »

Have You Thanked Your Bus Driver Lately?

Rapid bus drivers keep our community moving. They maneuver through traffic and weather conditions of all kinds to get you safely to work, school, appointments, and everything in between. And on top of ensuring the safe and timely arrival of passengers to destinations, they also must check fares, give directions, and ensure that the needs… Read more »

Let Us Be Your Designated Driver This St. Patrick’s Day

Parades, Irish cuisine, live music, whatever you’re seeking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Grand Rapids has it. While the official celebration may land on Tuesday, March 17  this year, it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the festivities. Travel responsibly this St. Patrick’s Day by letting us be your designated driver. And if you’re out later… Read more »

4 Rapid Travel Training Services To Consider

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what challenges you face, travel training is a service that can benefit anyone.” — Cari, Rapid Travel Trainer Whether you’re new to The Rapid service area or just need some extra assistance in using the bus, travel training is a great way to become more comfortable on public… Read more »

Welcoming Our New Transportation Manager

In January, we strengthened our team by welcoming Veronica Lowe as the new transportation manager.  Lowe brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, having been a leader in public and pupil transportation for more than 24 years. Prior to joining The Rapid, Lowe served in a diverse set of roles, including chief of… Read more »