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Uber + Transit Collaborate to Benefit Rapid Riders

Uber App

Good news for Android Transit app users! Ride-sharing app Uber and real-time public transportation app Transit have collaborated to launch a new feature to benefit Rapid riders. Uber noticed many of its users are using the service in conjunction with public transportation.On Tuesday, May 16, Uber and Transit launched their collaborative effort to benefit those who… Read more »

Bus Operator of the Month: April 2017

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. BUS OPERATOR OF APRIL 2017: MAGGIE H. HOW LONG HAVE… Read more »

Ride Casual for Casual Commute Day on Friday, May 5

Casual Commute Day

Everyone loves casual Friday. So why not take it a step further with Casual Commute Day? Make a plan for next Friday, May 5, take a day off from driving alone. Pledge to hop on board a bus, carpool, walk or bike to work and reduce your carbon footprint! By signing up, you’ll be registered… Read more »

Moving on After 20 Years at The Rapid

Peter Varga CEO of The Rapid

By now you’ve probably heard the news. I will be leaving The Rapid at the end of my current contract, which is in effect through September 30, 2018. This decision was made with my wife, who recently retired, and my family. At this point in my life, I am looking for more flexibility in work… Read more »

Public Information Meetings to be held for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Ticket being used at farebox

Our new electronic fare (e-fare) system is coming soon! E-fare, which features smart cards and a mobile ticketing smartphone app, will make riding the bus faster, easier, and more convenient. Features will include the ability to purchase fares or add funds online, at ticket vending machines or at Rapid Central Station. Using e-fare to ride… Read more »

How the Federal Transportation Administration Supports Public Transportation Across America

Silver Line in Grand Rapids

In 2016, 10.2 billion trips were taken on public transportation, connecting people to work, school, health care and activities that are vital to people’s lives. Public transportation provides a foundation for economic development — as well as better health and opportunity for all Americans. As transit ridership continues to go throughout the country, find out… Read more »

Happy Retirement to Rapid Bus Operator Fred C.

Fred C.

Recently, we wished our very own Fred C. a very happy retirement! He was a bus operator for 22.5 years. Please join us in thanking Fred for all of his hard work and dedication throughout the years. We’ll miss you!

New Study: Who’s Riding Public Transit?

Public transit bus riders at Rapid Central Station

Work. Shopping. School. Recreation. Across the nation, these are the top reasons people board public transit every day. Public transit riders are part of the engine that powers America’s economy, according to a new demographic study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). The study Who Rides Public Transportation reveals that 87 percent of… Read more »