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Creating A New Cultural Mindset Towards Transit – Dr. Thomas Haas

Dr. Thomas Haas, President, Grand Valley State University

Dr. Thomas Haas, President, Grand Valley State University

The connection between Grand Valley State University’s Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids campuses was a natural thanks to partnership with The Rapid. It was a natural for creating convenience and affordability. Buses leave each campus every six minutes at peak times due to demand. Finding a parking space at both campuses is less of a burden. Costs are lower for students to ride The Rapid than if they commuted on their own.

Even more important to Haas, the partnership with The Rapid achieves a greater mission for GVSU – sustainability through an alternative mode of transportation. In fact, sustainability has been elevated to a value statement within the University’s mission statement.

“It’s natural. It’s a habit. It enhances the quality of life.”

Haas finds the role of The Rapid satisfying because they are creating a different cultural mindset for transit with next generation. That said, many faculty and staff, as well as the president and his wife choose to use The Rapid.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.