The Rapid http://michiganradio.org en Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/super-fast-bus-line-coming-grand-rapids-2014 <p>Michigan’s first bus rapid transit system will be built in the Grand Rapids area. Bus rapid transit operates similar to light rail, but because less infrastructure is needed, bus rapid transit is much cheaper. Buses will arrive at stops every ten minutes. They’ll have designated lanes and be able to change traffic lights so they don’t have to slow down.</p><p>On Thursday federal, state and local officials gathered at The Rapid Central Station to officially sign the agreement. Peter Rogoff is with the Federal Transit Administration.</p><p>“It’s going to lower commute times by some 40-percent and even for folks that never take the bus, it’s going to take congestion off of US-131 and off of Division; in a way that’s going to be beneficial to everybody,” Rogoff said.</p><p>The new bus line, the Silver Line, won’t be complete until the summer of 2014, according to The Rapid CEO Peter Varga. It will run almost ten miles between the residential suburbs south of Grand Rapids up to major employers and the ‘medical mile’ in the downtown area.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIh_cPP5wvE&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:10:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9525 at http://michiganradio.org Super fast bus line coming to Grand Rapids in 2014 Supporters rally to keep Grand Rapids suburb connected to metro bus sytem http://michiganradio.org/post/supporters-rally-keep-grand-rapids-suburb-connected-metro-bus-sytem <p>People in the Grand Rapids suburb of Walker will vote this November on whether to withdraw from the regional bus system. Now transportation supporters are fighting back.</p><p>Supporters of the bus system in metro Grand Rapid held a kick-off rally in defense of the bus sytem, known as The Rapid.</p><p>Barbara Holt is a Walker City Commissioner and chairwoman of the regional transit authority. She and other business leaders at the rally said keeping Walker connected is vital to the overall community's economy.</p><p>“People can stay in Walker, go shopping someplace else, go working someplace else but we all come back. It’s so important that we do not isolate ourselves from the region,” Holt said.</p><p>“I use it for work, when I was working on my masters degree I used for school, medical appointments. I use it for everything,” Walker resident Tom Gilson said. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:28:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9262 at http://michiganradio.org Supporters rally to keep Grand Rapids suburb connected to metro bus sytem Voters in Grand Rapids suburb could withdraw from regional bus system http://michiganradio.org/post/voters-grand-rapids-suburb-could-withdraw-regional-bus-system <p>Voters in a Grand Rapids suburb will decide in November whether the city should withdraw from the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rapid">regional bus system.</a></p><p>This week the City of Walker certified petition signatures collected by the Kent County Taxpayers Alliance.</p><p>Ben Reisterer lives in Walker and is with the alliance.</p><p>"We’re not against busing at all. We think it’s a good thing for the community. But we don’t necessarily agree with the way they are going about providing that service," Reisterer said.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:24:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8711 at http://michiganradio.org Voters in Grand Rapids suburb could withdraw from regional bus system Bus ridership up - except in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-ridership-except-detroit <p align="LEFT">Several cities in Michigan saw large increases in bus ridership in the first quarter of this year.</p><p align="LEFT">But the state&#39;s largest city saw a decline.</p><p align="LEFT">Bus ridership on &quot;The Rapid&quot; jumped 12% in the Grand Rapids metro area.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Spokeswoman Jennifer Kalczuk says more people use the bus when gas prices go up.</p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 22:00:19 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7775 at http://michiganradio.org Some in Grand Rapids suburbs want out of bus system http://michiganradio.org/post/some-grand-rapids-suburbs-want-out-bus-system <p>Today some people in the Cities of Granville and Walker will begin collecting signatures to get their cities out of the partnership that runs the bus system in metro Grand Rapids. It&rsquo;s called The Rapid.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7371 at http://michiganradio.org Some in Grand Rapids suburbs want out of bus system Grand Rapids-area bus system improvements begin today http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-area-bus-system-improvements-begin-today <p><a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/articles/service-enhancements-coming-monday-january-9th">The Rapid busses start a new schedule Monday</a> that will better serve riders late at night, on the weekends, and more frequently during the workday. The bus service is improving thanks to a millage voters passed back in May.</p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 5691 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids-area bus system improvements begin today Ridership on The Rapid bus system surpasses 10 million http://michiganradio.org/post/ridership-rapid-bus-system-surpasses-10-million <p>The public transportation system in greater Grand Rapids is celebrating a record number of riders this year. The Rapid is operated by an authority made up of Grand Rapids and 5 surrounding suburbs; Wyoming, Walker, Grandville, East Grand Rapids,&nbsp;and Kentwood.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Barbara Deming waits for a bus at The Rapid Central Station which&nbsp;is packed every morning and afternoon on the weekdays. Deming has ridden the bus nearly every week since moving back home to Grand Rapids from a small town up north 7 years ago.</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 11:30:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4305 at http://michiganradio.org Ridership on The Rapid bus system surpasses 10 million Grand Rapids area supports more bus services...by less than 0.5% margin http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-area-supports-more-bus-servicesby-less-05-margin <p>Supporters of a millage to fund and expand bus services in the Grand Rapids metro area celebrated a narrow victory last night.</p><p>More than 34,000 people cast ballots. It passed by just 136 votes.</p><p>David Bulkowski breathed a huge sigh of relief after hours of unclear results. He&rsquo;s with the <a href="http://rapidyes.org/">Friends of Transit </a>&ndash; a political action committee supporting the bus service.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;We are conservative West Michigan. And together these 6 communities have said &lsquo;yep, we want it.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The bus system, known as <a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/">The Rapid</a>, will now be able to serve riders later at night, on the weekends, and more frequently during the workday. Wed, 04 May 2011 06:42:34 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2338 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids area supports more bus services...by less than 0.5% margin Volunteers work to get out the vote in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/volunteers-work-get-out-vote-grand-rapids <p>Voters in Grand Rapids and 5 surrounding cities are voting Tuesday on a millage increase to support expanded public transportation.</p><p>Lizbeth Espinoza and Michael Tuffelmire walk into small Mexican super market in the mostly-Hispanic Roosevelt Park neighborhood. Tuffelmire says many people here aren&rsquo;t aware there are any other elections but the big one in November.</p><p>That&#39;s part of the reason they&rsquo;re driving around a passenger van, picking up anyone who needs a ride to vote.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m just trying to just, no matter what people want to vote, I&rsquo;m trying to make easier access for them,&quot; Tuffelmire said.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 20:32:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2330 at http://michiganradio.org Volunteers work to get out the vote in Grand Rapids Obama’s budget includes money for ‘Silverline’ rapid bus transit http://michiganradio.org/post/obama%E2%80%99s-budget-includes-money-%E2%80%98silverline%E2%80%99-rapid-bus-transit <p>Public transportation officials in Grand Rapids are excited about <a href="http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/fta1111.html">one detail in President Obama&rsquo;s budget</a> announced this week. <a href="http://fta.dot.gov/documents/MI_Grand_Rapids_Silver_Line_BRT_complete.pdf">A proposed rapid bus transit system</a> in Grand Rapids is one of ten new construction projects that Obama would like to fund in 2012.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIh_cPP5wvE">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIh_cPP5wvE</a></p><p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:57:48 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1316 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids area to vote on increasing public transportation funding http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-area-vote-increasing-public-transportation-funding <p>Public transportation around Grand Rapids could get a huge boost if voters in the city and 5 suburbs approve a <a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/includes/modules/base/controllers/assets/fileDownload.php?file=1295896322_Agenda-for-January-26%2C-2011-Board-Meeting.pdf&amp;r=%2Fabout%2Fboard">mileage increase</a> set to appear on the ballot in May. If the levy passes, <a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/">The Rapid</a> <a href="http://www.ridetherapid.org/about/ceostatement">CEO Peter Varga</a> says it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $76 a year.</p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:28:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1051 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids area to vote on increasing public transportation funding