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Introducing the ArtPrize Metro Pass

With more than 400,000 visitors expected to descend on downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize, the international art competition has decided by public vote and expert jury recently shared their plan for affordable, accessible, and environmentally-friendly transportation solutions in 2015. ArtPrize encourages visitors to seek alternative transportation options including walking, biking and public transportation as they… Read more »

Service Changes Coming on August 31, 2015

At the end of August, several Rapid routes will undergo changes to routing, schedules, and stop locations. The following changes will go into effect on August 31, 2015: ROUTE 2: Schedule times will be adjusted along the route in an effort to enhance schedule adherence. ROUTE 8 & 44 STOP RELOCATION: The bus stop at… Read more »

New Study: 75% of Americans Support Using Tax Dollars to Improve Public Transit Infrastructure

American support for public transportation infrastructure is on the rise. Recently, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), in conjunction with the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), released a study which underscores the public’s need for access to reliable public transportation and demonstrates broad support for investment in the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure. Its analysis shows that… Read more »

Travel Training: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at Bus Familiarization

Did you know that all of our fixed-route buses are equipped with ramps? Here at The Rapid we offer several programs to help those who may need some extra assistance using the bus. Whether you’re new to a mobility device or simply have never had the chance to get on board, our travel trainers are available… Read more »

Comments Still Being Accepted for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our proposed fare structure change public hearings. We appreciate your comments, feedback, and the time you spent with us. For those who could not make it out to join us in-person, we are still accepting comments via email or mail until Wednesday, July 16, 2015. Please send… Read more »

Public Hearings to be Held for Proposed Fare Structure Change

Since The Rapid was created in 2000,  we have expanded service a number of times. We’ve also asked voters to increase the amount of property taxes they contribute to the system, and they’ve agreed to do so four times in 15 years.  Fares have not been raised since 2008, and since that time, the cost… Read more »

The Health Benefits Of Riding The Bus

Improving your physical and mental health could be as easy as boarding the bus. Breathing fresh air, driving safely, being physically active, and avoiding excessive stress are a few of the well-known aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  And using transit supports all of them. In fact,  The Victoria Policy Institute and The American Public Transportation Association recently explored… Read more »

The Rapid Introduces Propane-Fueled Vehicles Into Its GO!Bus Fleet

  We kicked off Earth Day a bit early here at The Rapid by welcoming four new vehicles into its GO!Bus service which will be fueled by clean-burning, domestically-produced, affordable propane autogas. GO!Bus is available for seniors and people with disabilities who cannot ride fixed route services. It uses smaller, cutaway vehicles for door-to-door trips. The… Read more »