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Kent District Library and The Rapid launch Books on the Bus program

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 12-11-2018 under NONPROFITS

The average bus rider commutes 25 minutes each day. This is the perfect opportunity to relax, listen to some music or even fit in some reading.   Thanks to Kent District Library, Rapid bus riders can now find books on many buses traveling...

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The Rapid's new e-fare system The Wave debuts August 14

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 08-14-2018 under NONPROFITS

Adam Williams has two preferred forms of transportation in Grand Rapids: bus and bike. After a health scare in 2012 when he was 39, Williams took on active transportation as a simple step to improving his health. Today, riding the bus is one of his...

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Public invited to open house highlighting public transit service improvements along Michigan Street corridor

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 07-25-2018 under NEWS

The public is invited to join community, business and civic leaders at an open house Monday, July 30, to learn details about the Aug. 27 launch of plans to significantly improve the Interurban Transit Partnership (“The Rapid”) Route 19...

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The Rapid's 2018 Bus Operator of the Year honored on Bus Driver Appreciation Day

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 03-19-2018 under NONPROFITS

The recipient of The Rapid's 2018 Bus Operator of the Year Award is an El Salvadoran native who’s made the American dream come true in Grand Rapids. Yemny Garcia was born in Central America’s smallest country and came to the...

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ATU members approve new contract

by (jproth1)

Submitted 12-08-2017 under NEWS

After being without a contract for more than twenty-seven months, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 836 which represents most of The Rapids' bus drivers and mechanics voted in favor of a new contract on Thursday. The new contract is a three year...

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Transit union president talks contract disputes with The Rapid

by (jproth1)

Submitted 10-31-2017 under NEWS

It has been over two years that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 836 in Grand Rapids, Michigan have been working without a contract. John Rothwell sat down with union president RiChard Jackson to discuss the issues that ATU 836...

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No stopping them now, these Grand Rapids kids are on the move

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NONPROFITS

At The Rapid, we provide more than just transportation. We’re the direct connection to jobs for many individuals. In fact, nearly 80 percent of The Rapid’s passengers board the bus to commute to and from work. We also help people manage...

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The Rapid should make it easy for people to get their change back

by (Emmanuel Zavala)

Submitted 02-28-2017 under OPINION

I got on the bus to get home from high school. I take The Rapid everyday to and from City Middle High School. The bus got to the stop at Plainfield and Knapps at 3:04 so my friends get on the bus and then I got on. I put my student 10-ride bus pass...

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Seven reasons to ride the bus more in 2017

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 01-03-2017 under NONPROFITS

A new year offers a chance for new intentions and goals. If you’re seeking something meaningful to stick with this year, there’s one goal we think you should try on for size: riding the bus more. OK — We may be a little biased, but...

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Shop local this holiday season

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 12-08-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

It’s time to think small this holiday season. While Small Business Saturday may be behind us, you can still make an impact in your community by shopping at small businesses this holiday season. If you have holiday shopping to tackle, we...

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