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The Rapid adding 16 New Flyer articulated buses

Bus| October 16, 2018

The buses will support Grand Rapids’ second new BRT line, with funding provided by the FTA and the Michigan DOT.

The Rapid hires Johnson as new CEO

Management & Operations| July 2, 2018

Johnson currently serves as the chief operating officer at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District in Illinois.

Management & Operations| May 21, 2018

Reed named deputy CEO of The Rapid

She has held positions in the public and private transportation, aviation and hospitality industries for nearly two decades.

Management & Operations| September 11, 2016

Question of the Day: New Initiatives

We asked top public transit officials Joe Calabrese, Sue Dreier, Peter Varga, Gary Thomas, Dan Boehm, Jeffrey C. Arndt, Len Engel, Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. and Kevin Kane what new initiatives they've implemented since last year's APTA Annual.

Bus| August 25, 2016

Tripling of insurance premiums confronts bus drivers in labor dispute

The cost of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan coverage for The Rapid drivers is proposed to spike 49 percent Oct. 1, pushing up monthly premiums for family coverage by $669.

Management & Operations| April 5, 2016

INIT wins The Rapid's smart card, mobile ticketing contract

Vehicles will be equipped with INIT’s onboard ticket readers/validators to support multiple forms of payment including smart cards. Mobile tickets and EMV credit card payments will be added over time.

Bus| March 30, 2015

2015 BRT Survey: Routes Tap Technology to Improve Regional Mobility

Fifty-four percent plan to use hybrid-electric propulsion for their vehicles, while 36% plan on using CNG. One-third plan on tapping clean diesel for their fleet and only one operator plans to use trolleys.

Bus| August 29, 2014

August 2014 project launches: Cleveland; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Kansas City

A look at three new projects that launched in late August.
Bus| August 26, 2014

The Rapid launches BRT line

The FTA contributed approximately $32 million toward the $40 million total Silver Line project cost, including $19 million through its Capital Investment Grant Program and $13 million through its Bus and Bus Facilities Grant Program.
Management & Operations| February 5, 2014

Grand Rapids resurrects downtown streetcar plans

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.
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