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New Study Showcases Who’s Really On Board

With the United States hitting a 50-year high in transit ridership in 2013, it turns out we’re not the only ones interested in learning more about the transit riders behind the nearly 11 billion rides. Fantastic ridership numbers aside, what’s motivating transit riders across America? TransitCenter, a transportation-focused philanthropy, gets to the bottom of these… Read more »

Support Grows For Increased Federal Investment in Public Transportation

After the opening of the Silver Line, Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system, many Grand Rapidians have had their eyes opened to possibility of public transportation-fueled community transformations. Are you one of the many Americans that supports increased federal investment in public transit? To align with Congress being back in session after a brief August… Read more »

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 »