Explore: Rider Stories

Real Rider – Find Out Why Kadie S. Gets On Board

Are you a Real Rider of The Rapid? If you’re interested in being featured as a part of our series, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration by clicking the link on the right side of this blog.  “Being introduced to The Rapid has helped me tremendously. I ride for the… Read more »

New To Winter Bus Travel? 20 Tips From Fellow Riders

winter bus travel

Winter is one of the best times of year to switch up your commute and try using public transportation. Catching the bus instead of driving means avoiding scraping and deicing your car, driving on slick roads, and the general stress of winter travel. For those of you considering getting on board this winter, who better… Read more »

What’s Your Bus Stop Story?

When it comes to mobility choices, everyone has a story behind their choice. And for many Grand Rapidians, the bus is a means to living, working, and playing within the local service area. Disability Advocates of Kent County (DAKC), Tommy Allen Creative and the local transit advocacy team, Friends of Transit have come together to… Read more »

Real Rider – Jon B. Rides To Save

Are you a Real Rider of The Rapid? If you’re interested in being featured as a part of our series, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration by clicking the link on the right side of this blog.   “I save every month by riding instead of driving. Some months I have… Read more »

Real Rider – Dan K. Uses His Travel Skills

Are you a Real Rider of The Rapid? If you’re interested in being featured as a part of our series, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your story for consideration by clicking the link on the right side of this blog.   “Give The Rapid a try! Riding the bus helped me learn how to… Read more »

Real Rider Stories – Luisa Shumacher

Public transportation connects people to their community. It gets Luisa Shumacher to work, business meetings, community events, and the store. And with ongoing improvements, many routes operate more frequently and later at night. “It really is important to me to feel connected to what’s happening in Grand Rapids. The Rapid helps me do that.” Excerpts… Read more »

Real Rider Stories – Sean Dailey

When his car died, Sean decided to see how long he could go riding The Rapid. That was four years ago. He’s still riding because it’s affordable, effective and doing something good for the environment too. He takes the bus to work, to the mall, and out to the movie theater. “I could be spending… Read more »

Real Rider Stories – Lisa Walkendorf

Lisa Walkendorf has used The Rapid for years so taking her daughter downtown was a natural next step. It’s easy, affordable and eliminates the hassles of finding parking. They use The Rapid to take classes, go ice skating, and even attend Zumba classes. It makes it easy to take Laura’s friends too. “We get dropped… Read more »

Real Rider Stories – Bill DeVries

Retirement is not a reason for Bill DeVries to slow down. He relies on a combination of his bike and The Rapid to participate in local events, volunteer, explore his surroundings – even visit his granddaughters. Bill loves to ride because it’s affordable, green and allows him to live an active life. “It gives you… Read more »