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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 »

Breaking The Record: 10.7 Billion Public Transportation Trips

The numbers are in and it’s safe to say 2013 was a fantastic year for public transportation. If you’re one of the many (and we really do mean many) people who rode a bus, train, trolleybus, or subway in the past year, then it’s time to celebrate. Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shared that at… Read more »

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Recommends $2.5 Billion To Expand Transit Options

Improving access to jobs and other opportunities starts with more transit options. On March 5, 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted $2.5 billion recommended in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget to advance the construction or completion of 26 rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and streetcar projects in 16 states. These projects will do far more… Read more »

How Are Rapid Routes Designed?

Have you ever looked at our system map and wondered how we come up with new routes? You’re in luck! In this video, Rapid Senior Planner Kevin Wisselink shares some insight behind ideal route designs. What other questions do you have about your routing or service in general? Leave us a comment!

Welcome Aboard: What To Expect From Get On Board

Whether you’re a frequent rider, avid supporter, public transportation expert, or just curious about what’s going on at The Rapid, consider this blog the digital version of Rapid Central Station. What To Expect Here at The Rapid, we’re dedicated to keeping you up to date on what’s going on both inside and outside of our… Read more »