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Real Rider Stories – Lisa Walkendorf


Lisa Walkendorf has used The Rapid for years so taking her daughter downtown was a natural next step. It’s easy, affordable and eliminates the hassles of finding parking. They use The Rapid to take classes, go ice skating, and even attend Zumba classes. It makes it easy to take Laura’s friends too.

“We get dropped off in front of the children’s museum or the main library.”

Excerpts from Lisa’s interview…

“We like to take the bus downtown especially because it’s easy, it’s less costly and it’s no hassle with traffic or parking.”

“We live in Grand Rapids, can just ride the bus from our house right downtown and get dropped off in front of the Children’s Museum or the Main Library and we’re good to go.”

“I think it benefits the community tremendously to have bus service because you have an availability to get downtown or to get where you need to go.”

“Riders need to know that it is easy to take the bus, that it’s safe, that it’s cost-effective especially when you’re coming downtown then you don’t have to deal with parking.”

“I think that public transportation is not only a necessity for many of the people that live in Grand Rapids, but it could grow to be a lot more convenient and save both on the environment, on the pocket book and then on the travel time.”

“I ride The Rapid because it’s convenient and it’s fun for my daughter to come. It’s an easy way to transport kids downtown, it’s fun to do different activities downtown; it makes it more convenient to get 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.