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8 Tips for GVSU Students Riding The Rapid

8 Tips for GVSU Students Riding The Rapid

Getting around is easy when you’re a Grand Valley State University student! Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from getting onboard The Rapid.

1. Ride any bus for FREE with your GVSU ID.

The Rapid is the perfect way to get around Greater Grand Rapids area. Whether you are heading to off-campus apartments, Downtown Grand Rapids or the mall–the bus can take you there at no cost. Awesome, right?

Here is a list of locations you can visit for free!

PRO TIP: Hop on the bus and check out Downtown Grand Rapids during ArtPrize. The annual art festival runs from Sept. 19 through Oct. 7 and is free for all to enjoy.

2. Download the myStop Mobile app.

Want to know exactly when the bus will arrive? This is the best way to track when and where your bus is located. Real-time bus arrival information is available in the palm of your hand.

3. Familiarize yourself with the GVSU bus routes.

There are five Laker bus routes: 50, 37, 48 and 85. During break season and weekends there are special routes. More information is available here.

4. Brush up on your bus etiquette.

Did you know there is a proper way to exit the bus? First, pull the cord above your head. This will signal to the driver that you want to exit the bus at the next stop. Be sure to remain seated until your bus comes to a complete stop. Exit the bus through the rear door so that other riders may board in the front.

PRO TIP: Keep seats open for others. Items like backpacks, purses and jackets should stay with you and not take up empty seats.

5. Be prepared. Buses can fill up fast.

You don’t want to be late for class because you missed a bus–make sure you get to your stop early to get on board. While there is room for seated and standing passengers the bus can fill up quickly at peak times.

6. Bring your bike along for the ride.

All buses are equipped with either a double-loading or triple-loading bike rack that fit most two-wheeled bicycles. Follow this easy guide: Bicycles on The Rapid for information on how to easily load your bike on the bus.

7. Bus operators are there to help you.

Our bus operators love what they do. Feel free to ask them for help or information about the route. They are committed to creating a quality experience for all riders. You can make their day by saying hello or thanking them for their hard work.

8. Have fun!

The Rapid is a fun and easy way to join the community. It’s an opportunity to sit back and relax while someone else does the driving for you!

Thank you for riding The Rapid. View all GVSU route schedules here

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.