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Driving Change: Educating Bicyclists & Motorists


Did you know that Grand Rapids has a crash rate between cars and bicycles that is twice as high as the state average? In fact, Kent County ranks fourth in the state in population but had the third-highest number of car-bike crashes in 2014 with 151. Two of those were fatal. And as we work to… Read more »

Bring Your Bike on Board Amtrak Pere Marquette Trains


Have you ever dreamed of riding your own bike along Chicago’s lake shore? Well, now you can! For the first time ever, bicycles are now welcome aboard Amtrak Pere Marquette trains. The Michigan Department of Transportation, Amtrak, The Rapid, Experience Grand Rapids and many other local and state organizations and community members celebrated the debut… Read more »

Students’ Poetry Takes a Ride on The Rapid


In honor of National Poetry Month, we have partnered with the Grand Rapids Poet Laureate L.S. Klatt to showcase and celebrate poetry written by area elementary and middle school students. Students from five after school programs worked with Klatt to write haiku based on the history of transportation in Grand Rapids. The students’ poetry was… Read more »

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We know you’re already staying connected to us by using our route alerts to track your bus or following us on social media, but we want to make getting news about happenings at The Rapid even easier. This is why we’re launching The Rapid Email Update! Subscribers can choose to receive the latest news about… Read more »

How Ride-Hailing Apps like Uber Benefit Public Transit


Do you use Uber to get you where you need to go in times where riding the bus, bike or driving your car just isn’t possible or convenient? The ability to request, track and pay for trips via mobile devices is a game changer in the way people get around and interact with cities.  In a… Read more »

Walkable Neighborhoods are Top Priority for Millennials & Baby Boomers

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Growing numbers of Americans young and old prefer to live in communities where stores, schools, parks, service and public transportation are within walking distance. With the release of a new report by the Regional Plan Association, it’s clear millennials and baby boomers can agree on one thing: walkability. Housing preferences in Amerca are changing. Millennials… Read more »

RapidConnect: New Features for Easier Travel


Here at The Rapid we’re focused on making riding the bus as easy and smart as possible. This is why we’re excited to announce a few updates to RapidConnect, our GPS-powered real-time information tool suite. Did you notice anything new the last time you visited our RapidConnect passenger information map? Here’s a look at a… Read more »

More Generations of Americans Steering Clear of Driving

Many Americans are opting out of driving. And before you jump to conclusions, it isn’t just millennials. In fact, the trend putting down the car keys is gaining the most traction with middle-aged adults. “Over the past several decades, particularly for the youngest age groups, there’s been a pretty large decrease in the number of… Read more »

U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $57 Million for Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit Project

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget includes $57 million for the construction of Grand Rapids’ Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project. The project is one of 31 transportation projects in 18 states recommended to receive a share of $3.5 billion in federal funding through the Federal Transit… Read more »