Monthly Archives: July 2015

Places to go: Ride Guide for August 1 – 7

Kick off August the right way by enjoying all that Grand Rapids has to offer in terms of music, food, and fun. As always, we’ll drive. – August 1 —  Chefs at the Market Start your weekend off on the right note with a freshly prepared meal from chefs at the Downtown Market. Routes nearby: Silver… Read more »

New Study: 75% of Americans Support Using Tax Dollars to Improve Public Transit Infrastructure

American support for public transportation infrastructure is on the rise. Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in conjunction with the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), released a study which underscores the public’s need for access to reliable public transportation and demonstrates broad support for investment in the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure. Its analysis shows that… Read more »

Places to go: Ride Guide for July 25 – 31

Mark your calendars for the following transit-friendly events taking place throughout our service area: – July 25—  Amtrak Train Days All aboard! Visit the Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station for a look into the past, present, and future of train travel. Routes nearby: The Amtrak Station is just steps awau – July 26 — Fulton Street Artisans… Read more »

Travel Training: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Bus Familiarization

Did you know that all of our fixed-route buses are equipped with ramps? Here at The Rapid we offer several programs to help those who may need some extra assistance using the bus. Whether you’re new to a mobility device or simply have never had the chance to get on board, our travel trainers are available… Read more »

Places to go: Ride Guide for July 18 – 24

Mark your calendars for the following transit-friendly events taking place throughout our service area: – July 18 —  Dark Side: The Light Show Visit the galaxy from the most comfortable seat in the house at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s first planetarium production. Routes nearby: 7, 9, 12, 50 – July 19 — Fulton Street… Read more »

Comments Still Being Accepted for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our proposed fare structure change public hearings. We appreciate your comments, feedback, and the time you spent with us. For those who could not make it out to join us in-person, we are still accepting comments via email or mail until Wednesday, July 16, 2015. Please send… Read more »

Places to go: Grandwich Edition

Foodies, you’ve got a full itinerary ahead of you! Grandwich, the annual search for the best sandwich in Grand Rapids kicked off this week. This year restaurants were asked to be creative while featuring local products. With nearly two dozen entries, consider letting us do the driving to the many Grandwich destinations throughout the city… Read more »

14 Favorite Summer Destinations of Rapid Riders

Nothing quite beats summer in Michigan. Now that the warm weather is here to stay (for now), enjoy it by exploring all that the Greater Grand Rapids area has to offer. We reached out to our passengers via The Rapid Facebook page to find out where their favorite place to ride The Rapid was during… Read more »

Public Hearings to be Held for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Since The Rapid was created in 2000,  we have expanded service a number of times. We’ve also asked voters to increase the amount of property taxes they contribute to the system, and they’ve agreed to do so four times in 15 years.  Fares have not been raised since 2008, and since that time, the cost… Read more »