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Riding The Bus Can Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

Bus on Grandville Avenue

As 2017 comes to an end, many of you are likely setting goals for the year ahead. Whether you’re planning on a big resolution or smaller, more manageable ones, the feat of sticking to these intentions isn’t always easy. What if we told you that riding the bus could be the much-needed solution to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?

OK—We may be a little biased, but hear us out. Are you trying to stay more active? What about saving money? Riding the bus can be your secret weapon to sticking to those resolutions. Riding the bus, even just once a week, is a simple and effective way to stick to your goals for 2018.

Here are some reasons to get on board to achieve a variety of resolutions:

For those resolved to better budgeting:

If you live and work within The Rapid’s service area, cut down on monthly car costs by riding The Rapid for your commute. Whether you choose to purchase a 7-Day Pass or 10-Ride Ticket, you’re going to save big on what you would typically spend in fuel costs.Find out just how much you could save by switching to public transit via the Transit Savings Calculator.

The Rapid partners with the City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. to offer a free downtown shuttle service called DASH. Riding the bus or DASH shuttles means you won’t have to deal with the cost–and hassle–of parking. Two DASH routes connect Downtown to the Westside and Monroe North. These circulator routes connect to parking lots to allow you to park once and ride for free to your destination.

For those who don’t live and work within The Rapid’s service area, don’t fret! We also offer carpool and bikepool matching services and a vanpooling program through West Michigan Rideshare. These ride-sharing options are a great way to save money, cut down on commuting stress and do the environment a favor.

For those ready to get active:

If getting in shape is in your plans for the new year, riding the bus is a simple way to increase your daily exercise. In fact, studies show that those who ride public transit get more than three times the amount of physical activity per day than non-riders.

Walking–or running, because we’ve all done it–to the bus stop is an easy way to sneak in extra steps every day. Start by using our “Nearest Stop” tool on to find the nearest bus stop to your home or workplace.

For those seeking to go green:

Looking to impact the environment in 2018? While you should add more walking and biking to your routine, riding the bus can still help you be more green. Every day, public transportation saves the equivalent of 900,000 tanks of gas every day. In the U.S., public transportation saves 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Aside from these benefits, taking the bus also means there’s one less car on the road and positively impacts congestion.

If you’re feeling extra green, cut out your car altogether or consider downgrading to just one car in your household. This will have a significant impact on the environment and big cost savings!

For those looking to explore their community:

Become a tourist in your own city. Riding the bus (literally) offers you a window to your community. While you’re traveling to your destination you have a chance to enjoy your surroundings, which often leads to finding new businesses and locations to visit. Rather than focusing on the road while you drive, you’re able to discover a new restaurant or cafe.

Aside from finding new local spots to check out, riding the bus may also mean meeting a new friend. Many riders say they feel more connected to their neighborhood and community through taking the bus.

For those planning on more personal time:

Stressed and busy? Let’s change that in 2018. Sometimes taking a little time for yourself can be just what you need in your day. When you ride the bus you have time to enjoy a podcast, listen to your favorite music, knit or even reflect on the day ahead. Passengers continually share how much their extra downtime on the bus means to them.

Happy New Year and happy riding! We can’t wait to see you on board.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.