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Displaying items tagged: The Rapid

Monday, 25 July 2022 16:43

Buses idle, services trimmed as transit companies scramble for drivers

A nationwide bus driver shortage has forced school districts to cut routes and scheduled transit services to trim trips. 

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 13:06

The Rapid receives $15.8M in federal funding; plans Grandville HQ for paratransit service

Grand Rapids’ public transportation service will receive $15.8 million in federal funding meant to strengthen transportation in U.S. communities. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:10

GR, Wyoming, Kentwood seek development opportunities along South Division corridor

Planning officials in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming hope a nearly completed study will help spur redevelopment along South Division Avenue after a highly touted bus rapid transit project failed to deliver on its economic development promises.


Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:50

GR autonomous vehicle pilot could be extended, shift to on-demand service

GRAND RAPIDS — The autonomous shuttle that runs through downtown could transition to an on-demand format with new vehicles under a proposal before city officials to renew the pilot program that’s set to expire on April 30.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 August 2020 18:10

Transportation poised for wild ride over next decade

The coming decade is expected to bring a seismic shift to the transportation sector, filled with more electric and autonomous vehicles, technology-connected roads and fierce competition to build the components that support it all. 

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 13 July 2020 11:20

Pilot program to boost mobility options for people with disabilities

GRAND RAPIDS — A partnership between Grand Rapids’ transit agency, a health care tech startup and area disability advocates will expand mobility options during the pandemic with pre-scheduled and on-demand rides.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 06 April 2020 05:30

The Rapid postpones layoffs, steps up safety measures after driver concerns

The Rapid, metro Grand Rapids’ public transportation service, says it will postpone indefinitely 270 layoffs anticipated because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:01

The Rapid cuts bus capacity to allow social distancing

GRAND RAPIDS — The Rapid has cut capacity to 15 passengers for buses on the Silver Line and other fixed routes, while Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) buses will be limited to 10 passengers. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 04:59

The Rapid plans 270 layoffs during ‘unprecedented’ coronavirus outbreak

The Rapid has told state officials that it anticipates 270 temporary layoffs starting next week to reduce worker exposure to the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Bolstering West Michigan commuter transit would aid talent attraction, officials say

Officials studying commuter transit options between Grand Rapids and Holland are hoping to make West Michigan more competitive when it comes to talent attraction.

Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:14

FINDING MOMENTUM: The Rapid secures nearly $1 million to study ways to spur growth along Silver Line route

A new effort aims to find ways to kickstart economic growth along The Rapid’s Silver Line bus route from Grand Rapids though southern Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 11 November 2018 21:34

Spectrum inks $5 million, two-property deal with Third Coast Development

GRAND RAPIDS —  is the new owner of two more properties along the Michigan Street corridor. 


Friday, 28 September 2018 19:43

Transit planners push for options amid uncertainty over ridership

As transportation advocates and urban planners push new mobility strategies, they’re also working to see how new tools may affect the future of traditional mass transit.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 18 August 2018 17:26

New development could transform Walker’s Standale district

WALKER — City planners hope to encourage downtown-style urbanism in the years ahead along a key suburban commercial corridor northwest of Grand Rapids.

Saturday, 09 June 2018 00:12

Mixed Messages: Expanded Michigan Street transit service comes amid massive parking development

GRAND RAPIDS — In offering increased transit service along one of West Michigan’s densest employment corridors, Grand Rapids officials hope to fulfill a goal of one of the city’s key urban planning documents.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

After 4 years, development still slow along GR’s Silver Line bus route

GRAND RAPIDS — The old adage that development follows transit has proven slow to materialize along the Silver Line bus rapid transit (BRT) route through southern Kent County.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:14

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. appoints new top executive, board members

The nonprofit organization that administers the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and several downtown events has new leadership.

Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 10 February 2018 11:42

The Rapid secures federal funding for Laker Line

The Rapid’s second enhanced transit line connecting downtown Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus can now move forward after clearing a key bureaucratic hurdle.

Published in Breaking News

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 10:03

Grand Rapids-area millages pass with overwhelming support

Despite some controversy, three millage renewals passed overwhelming in metro Grand Rapids last night, according to unofficial election results.

Published in Breaking News
Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:57

Labor contract dispute raises tensions ahead of The Rapid millage vote

An ongoing labor dispute between The Rapid and its unionized drivers and maintenance workers has become a wedge issue for groups typically aligned in support of transit millages.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:48

Mobility Options: Amid high demand, Grand Rapids groups seek new solutions — beyond just parking

As West Michigan’s economy expands, planners and business owners find they’re facing a new growing pain.


Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:54

City of Grand Rapids plans new surface parking lot near Downtown Market

Against the backdrop of business leaders increasingly voicing concerns about a lack of downtown parking, the city of Grand Rapids plans to increase parking capacity with the construction of a new lot.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 21 August 2016 13:48

Gridlock Ahead? Proposed West Michigan BRT route to GVSU faces uncertainty over funding

GRAND RAPIDS — Political pressures in Washington, D.C. have created uncertainty for transit officials looking to fund West Michigan’s second bus rapid transit line.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 29 April 2016 13:26

Proposed downtown Grand Rapids grocery store fills growing need, partners say

The partners in a newly proposed grocery store in downtown Grand Rapids cite the growing number of residents and workers in the Heartside neighborhood as a sign that the city needs more food options.

Published in Breaking News