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Public Transit is an investment in our future – David LaGrand

David LaGrand, Owner, Wealthy Street Bakery

David LaGrand, Owner, Wealthy Street Bakery

As a part of the ownership team for Wealthy Street Bakery, David LaGrand and his partners quickly recognized that 75% of their employees could walk, bike or take public transportation to work. The take-away? These people had a choice on how to get to and from work. In fact, the choice equates to $2 per hour. For David, that’s a meaningful impact in the take-home pay for anyone that chooses to use public transportation.

Adding public transportation is doing more than that though. It’s creating community. A community that can grow and excel. But it also means we’re now competing with communities for people that expect these services.

“We have to have the courage to invest if we’re going to prosper”

LaGrand sees public transportation as a long-term investment – a commitment to where we want to go. Public transportation is a key part of the infrastructure we need.

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.