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Investing in Public Transportation Helps Develop a Vibrant Community – Mike VanGessel

Mike VanGessel, President, Rockford Construction

Mike VanGessel, President, Rockford Construction

As the leader of a company who’s ideas and innovation have drawn projects and praise from across the state and the nation, Mike VanGessel has a unique perspective of the value of location and mobility. As the hub of the metro area, downtown Grand Rapids helps fuel an economic engine that, while sputtering in other parts of the state, continues to hum in West Michigan. A builder, he knows that a structure’s location is one of the keys to success. The other is mobility – will people be able to access it easily, anytime, in any weather? The key to mobility, he says, is public transportation.

“The bus system is just one component of a bigger conversation we need to have. You can call it taxation or subsidization if you want, but it’s an investment in one of the pieces that make this community a better place to live.”

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.