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Say Hello To Faster, Easier Fare Payment With The Wave

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The Wave arrived on Aug. 14, 2018. Have you had a chance to get your Wave card yet?

If you missed the buzz, The Wave is your new ticket to ride The Rapid! Say goodbye to dealing with paper tickets or fussing with cash and change. Your Wave card is a faster, easier and more convenient way to pay your fare. You can purchase your Wave card at Rapid Central Station or at

If you missed the buzz and are still wondering what The Wave is, we can help! The Rapid is the first Michigan public transportation agency to introduce this innovative e-fare payment system. We’re also one of the first in the nation to utilize a special technology called fare capping. Here are a few reasons why we’ve made the switch to e-fare:

1. The Wave is faster and easier than using a paper ticket or cash

Say goodbye to paper tickets or struggling to find the exact fare. With The Wave, you’ll simply need to touch your card to the reader every time you board or transfer. There will be Wave readers on every bus and at every Silver Line Station. This means faster boarding times and no fussing with the farebox.

2. It’s a pay-as-you-go system

When you ride The Rapid using your Wave card, you can get the savings of daily, weekly and monthly passes, but without the commitment or the upfront cost. You pay your way one trip at a time, and you’ll never pay for a trip you don’t take. The Wave will give you the best deal on your fare based on how much you ride. It’s a ‘pay-as-you-go’ pass: Earn a day pass after riding twice in one day, or a monthly pass after riding twice a day for 20 days.

In other words, once you’ve reached the cost of a monthly pass, you’ll receive unlimited rides for the rest of the 31-day period. So everyone gets the savings of a pass without the upfront cost.

3. Load value anywhere with the mobile-friendly website

Top off your account anywhere, anytime using or by visiting the Information Center at Rapid Central Station. You can also use the auto-load feature to add funds when your balance is low!

It’s simple. Once you add a payment method to your account, just choose the balance amount you want auto-load to kick in at and then select the amount you want to add to your Wave card.

4. Managing your card or your family member’s card is a breeze

You can quickly register your card and set up a funding source using our mobile-friendly website. Your Wave account allows you to manage multiple cards, see a history of your recent trips and transactions, and deactivate/reactivate a lost or stolen card. And don’t forget to set up auto-load, so you’re never stuck without fare.

Get your Wave card today and start tapping your way to savings!


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.