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Walkable Neighborhoods are Top Priority for Millennials & Baby Boomers

Walk able Grand Rapids

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 »

New Study: BRT Spurs Real Estate and Job Benefits

A new peer-reviewed study examining existing bus rapid transit (BRT) lines and found strong evidence that BRT systems in the U.S. generate economic development, attract jobs, retail and affordable housing–all with a more affordable price tag than rail. Published by Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Arizona and released by Transportation for America, the… Read more »

The Rapid & Friends Celebrate Route 28

On Monday, January 11, 2016, The Rapid hosted a celebration at the new Mary Free Bed YMCA featuring representatives from Cascade Township,  Mary Free Bed, and Teleperformance USA to recognize their efforts to extend Rapid Route 28 east into Cascade Township. Speaking at the event were community stakeholders including Rob Beahan of Cascade Township, Maria… Read more »

Route 28 Extension Begins on January 11, 2016

On January 11, 2016, Route 28 will begin servicing Cascade Township. The Cascade Township Board approved a three-year trial of a bus service extension on 28th Street in October. The extension of Route 28 will allow passengers to have direct access to the Cascade Meijer location, Walmart, and the newly opened Mary Free Bed YMCA…. Read more »

Driving Holiday Cheer

Riding the Rapid just became a little bit more festive this season! From December 12-24, some of our bus operators will don Santa hats as they get you to all of your holiday destinations. Be sure to snap a photo of your favorite holiday bus operator wearing their Santa hat and post it to our… Read more »

ICYMI: Award-Winning Neighborhood Businesses to Visit

The holiday season is the perfect time to get familiar with new businesses in and around your neighborhood. Last month Neighborhood Ventures and the Neighborhood Business Alliance celebrated local businesses during the Annual Neighborhood Business Awards. Ninety businesses out of nearly 1,700 located in 20 districts were celebrated at the event that took place at Wealthy… Read more »

Congress Reaches Agreement on 5-Year Transportation Bill

For the first time in nearly a decade, congressional leaders have struck a deal on a 5year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nations’ aging and congested highways and transit systems. The bill was unveiled on Tuesday, and it puts an end to the cycle of temporary extensions and threatened… Read more »