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Give the Gift of Transit This Holiday Season

Gift The Gift of Transit

Are you still in search of the perfect gift for everyone on your list? We have something that your co-workers, friends and family members will love. We’ve got an idea that will move you! Transit is the gift that keeps on giving. So why not spread the love? The Rapid offers a number of different fare… Read more »

Meet The Rapid’s Newest GILLIG CNG Bus

The Rapid's CNG Bus

Few things compare to the look, feel and—yes, we’re going to say it—the smell of a new bus. Fortunately fellow bus admirers and us, we have 20 brand-new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses arriving by the end of 2019. In fact, our first new addition arrived this month. Here at The Rapid, we’ve been working… Read more »

Thank You, Veterans

The You Veterans

At The Rapid, we hold veterans in the highest regard. We’re proud to honor veterans today and every day. This Veterans Day we wanted to share special thank you to all of the veterans that keep us moving here at The Rapid. We’re fortunate to have employees who have previously and continue to serve our country. We also… Read more »

Business Booms Where Public Transportation Goes

The Rapid bus driving in downtown Grand Rapids on Michigan Avenue

The Rapid provides more than just transportation. It also creates opportunities and enriches lives. From being a key driver of economic development to reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases, The Rapid not only benefits those who ride it but everyone who lives or works within the communities we serve. Can you name the businesses featured… Read more »

The Rapid’s Community Art Bus Hits The Road

The Rapid's Community Art Project Bus cruises around Downtown Grand Rapids while on route.

The arts flourish where The Rapid goes. Recently, we hosted a Community Art Project and encouraged children and adults alike to share their art with us! We were so inspired by these pieces that we decided to use several to fully wrap one of our buses! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Community… Read more »

Celebrating The Rapid’s Hardworking Employees

Employee Appreciation Day at The Rapid in Grand Rapids, MI

On Friday, Sept. 14, we honored our hardworking, dedicated employees with a day-long celebration! The Rapid provided breakfast, lunch, raffles, prizes and fun activities throughout the day.

8 Tips for GVSU Students Riding The Rapid

8 Tips for GVSU Students Riding The Rapid

Getting around is easy when you’re a Grand Valley State University student! Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from getting onboard The Rapid. 1. Ride any bus for FREE with your GVSU ID. The Rapid is the perfect way to get around Greater Grand Rapids area. Whether you are heading to off-campus… Read more »

Cities with Higher Public Transit Use Have Lower Traffic Fatalities

Full bus

Metropolitan areas with higher public transportation use – among modes such as heavy rail, light rail, frequent bus service and commuter rail – can cut their traffic fatality rate up to 40 percent, according to an analysis released today by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Vision Zero Network. The analysis, Public Transit is… Read more »

Grand Rapids leaders celebrate kickoff of fare-free Route 19 bus service along Michigan Street

Route 19

City leaders today kicked off a three-year pilot program partnership with the Interurban Transit Partnership (The Rapid) and Spectrum Health that improves bus service by offering fare-free rides to help reduce traffic and ease parking congestion along the Michigan Street corridor, one of Grand Rapids’ most heavily traveled routes. “We recognize that as the Grand… Read more »