If you’re interested in learning how to ride The Rapid, you don’t have to do it alone. In fact, turning it into a group event can make it an even more enjoyable experience.
On Tuesday, June 20, a group of residents from Holland Home Raybrook Manor took a vehicle familiarization trip to downtown Grand Rapids. The Rapid’s free Travel Training program is designed to help individuals and groups, especially seniors and persons with disabilities, maintain their freedom and independence by learning how to utilize public transportation to move around their community. The group from Holland Home Raybrook Manor is part of R.E.A.L., which stands for the Resident Enrichment Academy for Living. This group seeks to encourage residents to continue to be actively involved in their community.
After learning how to ride the bus, the Holland Home residents then rode downtown to the Grand Rapids Art Museum to take advantage of Meijer Free Tuesdays. Every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission is waived for the public. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a wallet-friendly adventure. Riding the bus to get to the Grand Rapids Art Museum can also save you money on parking and the stress of finding the perfect spot. There are several bus lines that can get you just steps away from the museum’s doors.
Vehicle Familiarization Travel Training
For many of the residents in attendance, this was their first time riding public transportation in Grand Rapids since the 1950s. A lot has changed on buses since those days. Today, all fixed-route service buses are lift-equipped and handicap accessible. This made our time on the vehicle even more rewarding, as it was a chance to go over new features and establish a level of comfort and safety. Our Travel Trainers focus on ensuring that passengers with mobility devices can experience boarding, deboarding and everything in between.
For more information on our Travel Training program or to set up an appointment, visit https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/travel-training.