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Real Rider Stories – Sean Dailey

1337360634_seanthumbWhen his car died, Sean decided to see how long he could go riding The Rapid. That was four years ago. He’s still riding because it’s affordable, effective and doing something good for the environment too. He takes the bus to work, to the mall, and out to the movie theater.

“I could be spending tons of money on a car to get me places. Now I’m spending that money at those places I was trying to get to by taking The Rapid.”

Excerpts from Sean’s interview…

“Since the summer of 2008, my old car that I had been driving since high school finally gave out on me, and I decided “Well, let’s see how long I can just ride The Rapid and just use public transportation.” And it’s almost four years later…”

“It just made sense logically, it’s $1.50 a ride, and there’s routes that go right by my house, right to work, right to everywhere that I need to go, so it’s kind of a no-brainer.”

“I take the Rapid to work, I take the Rapid to the mall, I take it out to the movie theater, I take it downtown to shows and bars, pretty much anywhere.”

“I think that especially people in the younger generation are becoming less and less dependent on cars, and wanting to live in a city where they don’t have to own a car, where they can get by on a bike, in a combination of a bike and public transit.”

“I think everybody should try it once. I think there’s a lot of people who think “Oh that’s just for poor people.” or “That’s just for people who don’t have a car. I don’t need that, I drive.” And I think a lot of people would be surprised about how easy it is to take, how convenient it is, how cheap it is, I mean I could be spending tons of money on a car to get me places and now I’m spending that money at those places I was trying to get to, by taking The Rapid.”

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.