Posts By: The Rapid

Love at First Bus Ride

Two people standing in front of a parked bus.

The season of love is upon us. What better way to celebrate than showcasing a couple who met while riding The Rapid. Hitting it off with someone you meet while riding the bus isn’t uncommon. In fact, connecting with new people is one of the benefits of using public transportation. But sometimes these meetings can end… Read more »

The Rapid Will End the Sale of Paper Tickets on Nov.14, 2019

The Wave card replaces paper tickets

With the implementation of The Wave electronic fare system in 2018, riders have had access to an easier, faster, and more convenient way to pay their fare for more than a year. As a part of the transition to The Wave card, The Rapid will end the sale of paper tickets for regular fixed-route bus service on… Read more »

Ride The Rapid to Project 1 by ArtPrize

The Rapid DASH bus traveling under pedestrian bridge

Project 1 by ArtPrize takes place from September 7 – October 27, 2019. ArtPrize wants you to explore Grand Rapids in new ways that weren’t possible with previous events. Get around to all three Project 1 site locations with the help of The Rapid! This option reduces your carbon footprint and is a fun way to explore. Project 1 has events taking place… Read more »

New App Offers The Rapid’s GO!Bus Passengers Convenience and Less Wait Time

Rapid On Demand shuttle and app

The Rapid, in partnership with Via, has deployed Rapid On Demand. This is a six-month, app-based pilot program to test the feasibility of on-demand ridesharing as a public transportation solution for seniors and persons with disabilities. Riders with GO!Bus eligibility can utilize this free app if they live and travel within the pilot project’s service… Read more »

The Rapid Unveils High-capacity 60′ Laker Line Bus

Laker Line Unveiling at Rapid Central Station

On Monday, June 3, local, state and federal elected officials and representatives from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined The Rapid, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and other invitees came together to celebrate the Laker Line, Michigan’s second Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line. Congressman Bill Huizenga, GVSU President Tom Haas, Kentwood Mayor, and The Rapid Board… Read more »

Talking Transit with The Rapid’s CEO Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson of The Rapid

Recently, Corp! Magazine, spoke with The Rapid’s CEO Andrew Johnson and the regarding mobility in Michigan. Take a journey inside the Grand Rapids area transit authority to find out what Johnson is working on in his new role. Here’s what he shared: Corp!: Looking back on 2018 what success story stands out? Andrew Johnson: I started in August,… Read more »

Join Us April 25, 2019 for National Get on Board Day

Get on Board for Public Transit

Get on Board Day is a new national advocacy day that is all about generating awareness of and increasing support for public transportation. The Rapid is partnering with organizations to have bus pop-ups throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area. The goal is to spread bus love and teach individuals of all ages and abilities on how… Read more »

Transit Team Appreciation Day 2019

Transit Team Appreciation Day

National Transit Driver Appreciation Day is Monday, March 18, 2019. We’re taking this day of appreciation to the next level by encouraging the celebration of the entire transit team powering The Rapid. We’re calling it Transit Team Appreciation Day. While Bus Operators may be the hands on the wheel ensuring your bus makes it safely… Read more »