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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 »

Grab Your Shovel, Winter is Coming

Another wonderful Michigan winter is headed our way! Soon enough we will be welcoming a crisp blanket of snow to Grand Rapids. After you’ve made your first snow angel of the season, take some time to consider how you can  impact the accessibility of your community this winter. Sidewalks, fire hydrants, bus stops, and catch… Read more »

Rapid Fare Enforcement Officer Stands up to Bullies

Have you seen the viral video about bullying that was filmed here in Grand Rapids? The “Who Will Stop Bullying?” video by Grand Rapids native Rob Bliss been making its way around the internet for about a month. The video features Rapid passengers and onlookers witnessing a girl being bullied by others while sitting at… Read more »

New Study: Riding the Bus Leads to Improved Health

  Riding the bus every day may be healthier than you think. A new study found that riding a bus or train to work instead of driving a car could significantly reduce the risk factors related to heart disease. The study that took place in Osaka, Japan was recently presented at the American Heart Association’s… Read more »

Thank You to Our Veterans

Today we remember the service of our veterans. We honor them for the sacrifices they have made for our country. Not just the many Rapid employees who have served, but also the individuals throughout our community. We’re grateful that we have the opportunity to have you on board our buses every day to get you… Read more »