Posts By: The Rapid

City of Tomorrow Challenge: Crowdsourcing Mobility Solutions for Grand Rapids

City of Tomorrow Challenge

The City of Grand Rapids and Ford Motor Company recently announced the Grand Rapids City of Tomorrow Challenge – a crowdsourcing platform for residents, businesses and community groups to propose and pilot solutions that improve mobility in Grand Rapids. The City of Tomorrow Challenge is focused on identifying opportunities to create immediate impact for residents… Read more »

Free Events to Ride The Rapid to in July 2018

July Transit-Friendly events

Summer is here and there are so many free events taking place throughout the six cities served by The Rapid! Michigan summers are the perfect time for exploration, new activities and, most importantly, fun! Movies on Monroe Movies on Monroe, formerly Movies in the Park, is the free outdoor film series presented by Downtown Grand… Read more »

Andrew Johnson named The Rapid’s new CEO

Andrew Johnson

At its meeting on June 27, The Rapid’s Board of Directors selected Andrew Johnson as the next CEO.  Johnson is expected to start in August 2018. “Andrew is a seasoned transit professional with more than 20 years of CEO and executive-level management in public transportation combined with previous private sector experience,” said Kentwood Mayor Stephen… Read more »

Bus Operator of the Month: May 2018

Andrew M.

Each month, we have the opportunity of honoring a Rapid Bus Operator who has gone above and beyond in their job to keep the community moving. These bus operators are nominated by their peers and awarded by the Transportation Department for their hard work and dedication. Our Bus Operator of May 2018 is Andrew M.!… Read more »

Second Round of Interviews Scheduled for CEO Candidates on June 27

Rapid Central Station

The Rapid’s CEO Search Committee will continue interviewing candidates on Wednesday, June 27 at 4:00 pm in The Rapid Central Station conference room located at 250 Grandville Ave SW. The meeting is open to the public, and will feature a question and answer session with each of the following candidates: Kimberly Dunham The Executive Director… Read more »

Motivational Monday: Down Syndrome Association

Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan

One out of 700 births is affected by Down Syndrome. The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan strives to create communities that embrace Down syndrome, empower individuals and promote opportunities for meaningful lives.   Let this amazing organization help motivate you to do something good today.

The Rapid to conduct first round interviews with CEO candidates

The Rapid bus in Grand Rapids

The Rapid’s CEO Search Committee will be conducting first-round interviews on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30pm and Thursday, June 14 at 8:00am in The Rapid conference room located at 300 Ellsworth Ave SW. The June 13th format is a 20-minute presentation given by each candidate.  The first five minutes (or less), they will present a… Read more »

Grand Rapids Commissioners Approve new Michigan Street Corridor transportation partnership

Route 19

On June 5, 2018, Grand Rapids Commissioners approved a new three-year pilot program partnership with The Rapid and Spectrum Health that will dramatically increase bus service to help reduce traffic and ease parking congestion along the Michigan Street corridor. “This is a great example of a creative public-private partnership that helps Grand Rapids move closer to… Read more »

Transit-Friendly Events in June 2018

Ride The Rapid to events in June

June is here! Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. We’ll do the driving. Free Friday at Blandford Nature Center On June 1, ride Route 7 to Blandford Nature Center to get an up-close view of animals and nature. From 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., enjoy all that Blandford has to offer for free! Come… Read more »