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Clean Up Your Commute on May 4, 2018

Try a Clean Commute!

Earth Day may be behind us but you can still do your part to improve our earth every day by cleaning up your commute. On Friday, May 4th, pledge to leave your car at home for Clean Commute Day! This is environmentally-friendly day is  the perfect chance to try out a greener commuting option. Carpool, take… Read more »

The Wave Q&A Series: How Will Transfers Work With The Wave?

Wave Transfers

We’re answering your most pressing questions about The Wave! Read more here.  Transfers on The Rapid are changing! When you use The Wave, you will no longer need a paper ticket to connect to your other routes. How will transfers work for Wave users? Wave users can say goodbye to paper transfers! With The Wave,… Read more »

May 2018 Route and Service Changes

route-service-changes

Route 14 and 50 will be undergoing some changes this May. Route 50 Bus Stop Changes Beginning on May 1, 2018, Route 50’s Pew Campus bus stops on Front Street will be changing. There will be two separate bus stops on Front Street—one for each direction of travel. — Eastbound Route 50 bus stop: A… Read more »

The Wave Q&A Series: What will Happen to Tickets and Passes?

What will happen to tickets and passes?

Electronic fare payment will be arriving soon. So what does that mean for The Rapid’s current tickets and passes? What will happen to tickets and passes? Don’t fret. Tickets and passes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. When we roll out The Wave this spring, there will be no immediate changes to current ticket sales. You… Read more »

The Wave Q&A Series: Why E-Fare?

The Wave Q&A

As we approach the launch of The Wave, The Rapid’s new electronic (e-fare) system, we know there are many questions floating around about what the future holds for fares and tickets for The Rapid. As we approach launch in late spring,  one question we have been hearing quite frequently is why The Rapid is making… Read more »

Federal Funding Secured for the Laker Line

Route 50 Connector

This past Friday, The Federal Transit Administration granted The Rapid $56.4 million to fund the transit authority’s next bus rapid transit line, the Laker Line. Funding for the 13-mile-long Laker Line from downtown Grand Rapids to Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus was authorized in President Barack Obama’s last budget for fiscal 2017. U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland announced… Read more »

Beat Rising Gas Prices With These Savvy Commuting Tips

Passenger waiting for the bus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Calling all car commuters! Gas prices are on the rise. In a recent gas price forecast from GasBuddy.com, it’s predicted that U.S. households will spend more on gas than they did previously in 2017. GasBuddy expects prices at the pump nationwide to average out to about $2.57 per gallon of regular gas and $2.70 per… Read more »

Motivational Mondays: New Destiny Pathways

New Destiny Pathways

In Grand Rapids, New Destiny Pathways is filling the gap for young women that have aged out of foster care. This organization provides necessary housing, life skills training and so much more to young women in need throughout the community. Some children have bounced around in foster care their entire life. When they age out of… Read more »

Laker Line Update: Awaiting Federal Funding

Laker Line Fulton Station

The Rapid’s second bus rapid transit line is in the hands of a federal agency. On Tuesday, January 8, 2018, The Grand Rapids Press reported shared an update on the Laker Line. Funding for the 13-mile-long Laker Line was authorized in President Barack Obama’s last budget for fiscal 2017 – but The Rapid has yet to see… Read more »