Posts By: The Rapid

Beat Rising Gas Prices With These Savvy Commuting Tips

Passenger waiting for the bus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Calling all car commuters! Gas prices are on the rise. In a recent gas price forecast from GasBuddy.com, it’s predicted that U.S. households will spend more on gas than they did previously in 2017. GasBuddy expects prices at the pump nationwide to average out to about $2.57 per gallon of regular gas and $2.70 per… Read more »

Motivational Mondays: New Destiny Pathways

New Destiny Pathways

In Grand Rapids, New Destiny Pathways is filling the gap for young women that have aged out of foster care. This organization provides necessary housing, life skills training and so much more to young women in need throughout the community. Some children have bounced around in foster care their entire life. When they age out of… Read more »

Laker Line Update: Awaiting Federal Funding

Laker Line Fulton Station

The Rapid’s second bus rapid transit line is in the hands of a federal agency. On Tuesday, January 8, 2018, The Grand Rapids Press reported shared an update on the Laker Line. Funding for the 13-mile-long Laker Line was authorized in President Barack Obama’s last budget for fiscal 2017 – but The Rapid has yet to see… Read more »

The Rapid’s 2017 Year In Review

2017 Year in Review

At The Rapid, we know there’s more to the ride. In 2017, there was more than ever before. What a year! We launched a new transit improvement study, introduced The Wave e-fare system, began our transition to a compressed natural gas (CNG) bus fleet and so much more. Thank you for another great year!

10 Events to Ride The Rapid to in January 2018

January 2018 Transit-Friendly Events

Hello, 2018! Avoid cabin fear and welcome in the new year by getting out and exploring. Here are some events we can get you to this month: Andy Warhol’s American Icons at the Grand Rapids Art Museum Don’t miss this prestigious exhibition! Throughout January, visit the GRAM to take in Warhol’s celebration of America by… Read more »

Top Posts of 2017

Top Posts of 2017

What a year! We can hardly believe 2017 is coming to a close. This year, we have had many important milestones including the addition of new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to our bus fixed-route bus fleet, the preparations for our transition to The Wave e-fare system and the successful passing of our operating millage…. Read more »

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… Read more »

2017 Holiday Service Schedule

Decorated bus

Happy Holidays! We are wishing a safe and joyous journey to all of you celebrating this season. We wanted to remind you all of the following holiday service changes: College & University Holiday Schedules Grand Valley State University Monday, December 18, 2017 through Friday, December 22, 2017 Break Service  Saturday, December 23, 2017 through Monday,… Read more »

Motivational Monday: Kids’ Food Basket

Kids' Food Basket

Did you know? One in five Michigan kids is affected by hunger. Kent County alone has 28,700 children that are considered “food insecure.” Kids’ Food Basket is leading the way to ensure that kids in our community don’t miss any meals. Each and every weekday Kids’ Food Basket and their many volunteers are serving children across… Read more »

The Rapid Ratifies New Labor Agreement with Bus Operators and Maintenance Workers

Rapid Central Station

On December 9, 2017, The Rapid Board announced it had reached agreement on a new three-year contract with the labor union representing the public transportation system’s bus operators and maintenance workers. The Rapid Board of Directors ratified the agreement during their monthly meeting on Saturday morning. That ratification followed the acceptance of the proposed agreement by… Read more »