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Creating an Economic Driver to Jobs and Education – Bob Roth

1319854316_bobroth_small1In a quest to learn more about his own business practice, Bob Roth came to a conclusion…”small changes can lead pretty substantial gains.”

In fact, his own curiosity drove him to explore how a once-a-week commitment to riding The Rapid from home to work could impact his life. Looking at it just from the numbers alone, Roth found an immediate 20% improvement on his commute spending.

“I could see with my own eyes what The Rapid was doing.”

But other aspects of Bob’s experiment proved even more interesting. Who he was sitting next to…and how many there were…was equally impressive. On his early morning commute the bus was full. Half of them were students. The other half were people going to work. Not at all the stereotype. Bob was experiencing how public transportation can act as an economic driver.

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.