Posts By: The Rapid

4 Reasons To Love Public Transportation

We admit we’re a little biased when it comes to public transportation—we can name many things to be excited about. And with Americans using public transportation more today than any other time since 1956, it’s safe to say we’re not the only ones who enjoy it.  But there’s a lot more to love about public transportation than… Read more »

How ArtPrize 2014 Plans To Use The Silver Line

In 2013, we counted 158,000 Rapid riders with ArtPrize wristbands during the event. This number was up 18 percent from ArtPrize 2012. As the Grand Rapids’s international art competition grows in popularity, so does the need for effective transportation options during the event. Never fear, bus rapid transit is coming to the rescue. With the… Read more »

Real Rider – Dan K. Uses His Travel Skills

Are you a Real Rider of The Rapid? If you’re interested in being featured as a part of our series, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration by clicking the link on the right side of this blog.   “Give The Rapid a try! Riding the bus helped me learn how to… Read more »

Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

We know that sitting through a commercial isn’t on the top of many people’s to-do list, but we’re certain we’ve got one worth watching. Have you seen our latest commercials on TV yet? If not, they’re worth a watch. Whether you’re a frequent or casual rider, you understand the importance of public transportation to our… Read more »

The Silver Line And The Impact Of Transit Oriented Development

As the construction of the Silver Line’s 34 stations nears completion and we begin planning to open in August, the time has come to think about the impact of transit oriented development.  Michigan’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) line rang in at $40 million dollars and was funded entirely by Federal Transit Administration Very Small Starts and… Read more »

How Often Do You Show Gratitude For Your Driver?

Every day, bus drivers move our community. They ensure we get to work, appointments, the grocery store, and so much more. For hours on end they manage a schedule, check fares, give directions, all while maneuvering us safely through weather and traffic conditions. Being a transit driver isn’t an easy job, your driver just makes… Read more »

Let The Rapid Be Your Designated Driver

From St. Patrick’s Day to March Madness or even just the much-needed temperature increase, there’s a lot to celebrate this spring. But there’s no excuse for drinking and driving. This is why we’ve teamed up with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning to spread the word about the spring drunk driving crackdown taking place… Read more »

Breaking The Record: 10.7 Billion Public Transportation Trips

The numbers are in and it’s safe to say 2013 was a fantastic year for public transportation. If you’re one of the many (and we really do mean many) people who rode a bus, train, trolleybus, or subway in the past year, then it’s time to celebrate. Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shared that at… Read more »

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $2.5 Billion To Expand Transit Options

Improving access to jobs and other opportunities starts with more transit options. On March 5, 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $2.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to advance the construction or completion of 26 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 16 states. These projects will do far more… Read more »

How Are Rapid Routes Designed?

Have you ever looked at our system map and wondered how we come up with new routes? You’re in luck! In this video, Rapid Senior Planner Kevin Wisselink shares some insight behind ideal route designs. What other questions do you have about your routing or service in general? Leave us a comment!