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Travel Training: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Bus Familiarization

Did you know that all of our fixed-route buses are equipped with ramps? Here at The Rapid we offer several programs to help those who may need some extra assistance using the bus. Whether you’re new to a mobility device or simply have never had the chance to get on board, our travel trainers are available… Read more »

Comments Still Being Accepted for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our proposed fare structure change public hearings. We appreciate your comments, feedback, and the time you spent with us. For those who could not make it out to join us in-person, we are still accepting comments via email or mail until Wednesday, July 16, 2015. Please send… Read more »

Public Hearings to be Held for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Since The Rapid was created in 2000,  we have expanded service a number of times. We’ve also asked voters to increase the amount of property taxes they contribute to the system, and they’ve agreed to do so four times in 15 years.  Fares have not been raised since 2008, and since that time, the cost… Read more »

The Health Benefits Of Riding The Bus

Improving your physical and mental health could be as easy as boarding the bus. Breathing fresh air, driving safely, being physically active, and avoiding excessive stress are a few of the well-known aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  And using transit supports all of them. In fact,  The Victoria Policy Institute and The American Public Transportation Association recently explored… Read more »

The Rapid Introduces Propane-Fueled Vehicles Into Its GO!Bus Fleet

  We kicked off Earth Day a bit early here at The Rapid by welcoming four new vehicles into its GO!Bus service which will be fueled by clean-burning, domestically-produced, affordable propane autogas. GO!Bus is available for seniors and people with disabilities who cannot ride fixed route services. It uses smaller, cutaway vehicles for door-to-door trips. The… Read more »

The Rapid Board Votes Unanimously In Support Of Proposal 1

The Rapid Board of Directors, representatives of all six municipalities in The Rapid service area,  unanimously approved a resolution supporting Proposal 1 for safer roads in Michigan. In addition to fixing Michigan’s roads, new revenues will also provide additional revenues for public transportation. Here’s the official resolution of support for Proposal 1 that The Rapid Board… Read more »

Six-Year, $478 Billion Transportation Bill Heads To Congress

The calls for long-term transportation funding may be answered with the new GROW AMERICA Act. Over the past year, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has visited more than 100 communities and heard one common story – shared by all – about crumbling infrastructure and dwindling resources to fix it with. Today, Secretary Foxx sent to Congress… Read more »

U.S. Public Transportation Hits 10.8 Billion Trips

In 2014, public transportation achieved its highest ridership in 58 years. According to a report released this week by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation last year. “In 2014, people took a record 10.8 billion trips on public transportation — the highest annual ridership number in 58… Read more »