Monthly Archives: October 2016

Halloween 2016 Photo Contest

Halloween at The Rapid

Happy (almost) Halloween!  We’re looking forward to another year of seeing your awesome costumes and getting you to your Halloween destination. Once again, we’re hosting a Halloween giveaway! Ride The Rapid on Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) and find a bus operator dressed in costume. Snap a photo of the operator via a selfie, photo before… Read more »

Blandford Nature Center Offers Fun for the Whole Family

Blandford Nature Center

Changing leaves, cool weather, this season is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. There’s no better place to take in nature in Grand Rapids than Blandford Nature Center. Located at 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, Blandford Nature Center sits on more than 140 acres of woodland leased from the City of Grand… Read more »

Children & Public Transportation

Children at Rapid Central Station

Children are our future. At The Rapid, we’re focused on educating them about public transportation, as well as being environmentally-friendly and getting around the community. We do this through our travel training and public outreach programs.  Recently, three student groups from the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science recently took a field trip to downtown… Read more »

Grand Rapids Griffins Free Ride Fridays

Grand Rapids Griffins

Hey, hockey fans! The Grand Rapids Griffins kick off their 2016-2017 season tonight. This year, we’re once again offering free rides to Grand Rapids Griffins Friday home games at Van Andel Arena. This Free Ride Friday promotion gets you to and from the game at no cost to you. Just show your game ticket (paper… Read more »

Places to go: Kid-Friendly Halloween Destinations

Halloween Destinations Ride The Rapid

Calling all ghouls, ghosts and goblins! Have your children picked their costumes yet? Everyone’s favorite spooky holiday is just around the corner. This Halloween, there are so many kid-friendly events to check out throughout Grand Rapids and the suburbs. Since riding the bus is an adventure for kids of all ages, we suggest getting on… Read more »

Driverless Vehicles and the Future of Public Transportation

Driverless bus

How close is West Michigan to making driverless vehicles a reality?  Recently, The Rapid’s CEO Peter Varga, as well as other community leaders, were asked about the probability of driverless vehicles becoming commonplace in West Michigan. Peter Varga’s imagines for a world with less downtown traffic, parking congestion and more access to bus service for… Read more »

Instagram Roundup: September 2016

On the bus

We love Instagram. That’s right, we said it. The reason: It’s a chance to get a glimpse through someone else’s lens. As we’re nearing our 1,000 follower mark on Instagram, it’s only fitting to begin sharing the images we’re graced with every month that come from the views of our passengers. Enjoy! Have you started… Read more »

How to Get to ArtPrize Eight’s Top 20

ArtPrize Eight

From the Grand Rapids Art Museum to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, ArtPrize entries are scattered thoughtfully throughout Grand Rapids waiting to be discovered. It’s hard to believe the world’s most radically open art competition is in its final week. ArtPrize’s eighth year may have been the rainiest in the event’s history, but it… Read more »