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The Rapid wins American Public Transportation honors for Creative Excellence

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) announced the winners of its annual AdWheel Awards at the APTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, including three top honors for Greater Grand Rapids very own public transportation system, The Rapid. The awards recognize public transportation systems and business members for excellence in advertising, communications, marketing and promotion. The… Read more »

Route 28 Will Extend to Cascade Township

Recently, the Cascade Township Board approved a three-year trial of a bus service extension on 28th Street. Beginning as early as January 2016, Route 28 will extend service east into Cascade Township. Providing public transportation to and within Cascade Township has been a goal of The Rapid and Cascade Township officials for some time.With the extension… Read more »

6 Apps for Easier Travel on The Rapid

Calling all smartphone users! Staying connected to your bus is even easier with the help of a variety of apps that are now readily available to Rapid riders. Early last summer we received verification of our General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS). This means that Google can now access our transportation schedules associated with GPS information…. Read more »

The Rapid Launches Revamped Website

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a faster, sleeker website. After seeking passenger feedback through an online survey earlier this year, we’ve revamped our website to make it more intuitive for riders. Our website, ridetherapid.org, is a hub for everything a Rapid passenger may need including real-time bus information, schedules, maps, rider resources, and… Read more »

New Fare Structure Begins October 1, 2015

On Wednesday, August 26 The Rapid Board of Directors approved a change in fare structure that will go into effect on October 1, 2015. This decision came after gathering feedback through public hearings, as well as input mailed, emailed, and posted on social media. The Rapid’s Planning Department then reviewed public comments, The Rapid’s Fare Policy, conducted… Read more »

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 »