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Track Rapid Buses in Real Time With New GPS-Powered Rider Tools

New rider tools have arrived, which means riding the bus is an even smarter and convenient option for those traveling within the Greater Grand Rapids area. Today The Rapid is excited to roll out new technology to enhance the connectivity of riders to real-time transit information. These intuitive new features, known collectively as Rapid Connect,… Read more »

Bringing Nature To Central Station

Rapid Central Station recently became a little more green. But little maybe be an understatement, as our new foliage installation is actually one of the area’s largest outdoor living walls. The 500 square foot planted wall was completed last week by a joint effort between LiveWall LLC and Summit Landscape Management of Grand Rapids. The green wall took approximately… Read more »

Celebrating The Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964

It’s time to celebrate the achievements of public transportation! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. To give you some background, the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This act created the program for federal investment in public transportation systems across the U.S. by… Read more »

The Rapid Is Now On Google Maps

Have you heard the good news? Our arsenal of rider tools is growing! With our tech-savvy riders in mind, we’re happy to announce that Rapid routes and schedules are now fully integrated with Google Maps. You can now access our route data via your desktop, mobile, and tablet devices by using Google’s website or mobile apps…. Read more »

Moving Toward More Sustainable Transit

From being named the best mid-sized transit system in the country to hitting a new one-year record of 12.5 million rides, we’ve had a lot of milestones in the past year. Today we are happy to announce one more as we take an important step toward more sustainable public transit after receiving Vanner Incorporated’s 1,000th Hybrid Beltless… Read more »

The Laker Line Study Takes Public Engagement Online

The future of Route 50 is in your hands. Fortunately, sharing your ideas for the next generation of this connector route is as easy as logging online thanks to the innovative new software MindMixer. The Laker Line Study, which is currently underway to determine the viability of enhanced rapid transit options along the existing Route 50, has… Read more »

Service Update: Route 3 Is Changing

Please be advised that Route 3 is changing. Due to increased employment activity along Roger B. Chaffee Drive and Cherry Street in downtown Grand Rapids, Route 3 is undergoing two route changes to improve service. This route change will be effective on Monday, May 5, 2014. New Routing Downtown Route 3 will service Cherry St. instead of… Read more »

Say Hello To Three-Position Bike Racks

With warm, sunny weather finally arriving here in West Michigan, more people are choosing to hop on their bikes. For those who enjoy taking the bus and biking to get to work, accessing local bike trails, and much more, we have some great news: We’re beginning to transition our fixed-route buses from two-bike racks 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 »

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 »