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Creative Mornings + The Rapid: Exploring Aboard The Silver Line

“Life is either a great adventure, or nothing.” – Hellen Keller

Going on an adventure doesn’t have to mean leaving your city, or even your neighborhood. And if you’re like us, any excuse to explore aboard a bus is a good one. So what was the excuse for our most recent bus adventure? Showing our new friends at Creative Mornings the hidden gems along the Silver Line route.

For the curious: Creative Mornings is a free breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Once a month they choose a theme and a speaker and make magic happen. On February 27, we’re lucky enough to have Rapid Central Station as the venue for their Climate event featuring Rachel Hood from WMEAC.

Inspired by our first Silver Line & Dine experience, the folks at Creative Mornings wanted to see what South Division had to offer their taste buds, as well as experience Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system. While the weather was freezing the Saturday we explored, the trip was resoundingly warm and delightful. Words don’t always do a good adventure justice, so here’s a glimpse into what took place:

Our trip started at the GRCC/Spectrum Silver Line station located at Ransom and Crescent traveling southbound.

It was indicated that coffee was necessary to fight the cold, so we got off at the next stop (Fulton)  and visited PaLatte Coffee & Art just across the street. Cappuccinos and muffins were enjoyed by all.

We then caught a southbound Silver Line at the Fulton station to head to Kim Nhung Super Store, the next stop on our itinerary.

Located a short walk from the 44th Street station, this Asian grocery is a must-visit for food lovers. From fresh fish and produce to a wall of ramen noodle offerings, there’s something at this store for every grocery list.

The last stop on our trip was lunch. Due to the weather we decided soup was a must. Thankfully Pho Soc Trang is in the same building as the grocery. Their pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) was the perfect remedy for the cold.

The ride home was noticeably quiet. After trudging through the snow and eating a warm lunch, the majority of the ride was spent enjoying the free Silver Line Wi-Fi and relaxing in the comfortable seating.

If you’re interested in having your own bus adventure, consider coming out to Creative Mornings at Rapid Central Station on Friday, February 27.  Tickets are available starting next Monday, February 23 at 9:30 am here.



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.