February 5, 2014
The agency is paying HDR Inc. $293,895 to refine the 2008 study, which envisioned a $79 million, three-mile route, updating what an electric streetcar line would cost and how the money could come together.
October 1, 2013
The Rapid is currently focusing on work-related trips by adding more frequent service during commuter hours and more routes running into the evening to provide access to second- and third-shift jobs.
October 18, 2012
The new Silver Line will be operated by Interurban Transit Partnership, known as The Rapid. The 9.6-mile route will serve major employers, including St. Mary’s Medical campus, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and the Cook-DeVos School of Nursing, which together employ about 29,000 area residents.
July 24, 2012
Transit advocates and local leaders are taking a second look at a transportation study that urged a county-wide transit system. The study also found a great need among Kent County residents outside the area served by The Rapid, especially among people with disabilities and the elderly.
August 8, 2011
The primary purpose of providing the new bus service is to make it easier for current and prospective students from the Grand Rapids area to enroll at Ferris State University's Big Rapids campus.
May 9, 2011
After research recently conducted by a Ferris task force yielded sufficient interest from students, prospective students and faculty, the university will move forward with The Rapid bus service to the main campus in Big Rapids.
September 2, 2010
Shows that for every 10 jobs created in the public transit sector, six additional jobs are created in the rest of the economy.
July 1, 2010
The Rapid’s board of directors greenlighted the construction of modern streetcar and bus rapid transit lines. May require renewal or increase of a dedicated property tax.
June 14, 2010
Company to provide 126 video surveillance systems and back-end management software for The Rapid.
December 21, 2009
A total of 20 buses run five separate routes, every six minutes to seven minutes, both within and around the Allendale and Pew Grand Rapids campuses seven days a week.
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