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Why should we care about public transportation?

What is the impact we’re getting from having public transportation service? Fair question. We’ve challenged a number of members of our community – people you know and trust - to answer that. Each has a unique perspective on why public transportation is a key component in creating a better community. Take the time to explore their thoughts. Then develop your own perspective. The discussion is important to creating a transportation solution we can all appreciate.

  • May 17 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Luisa Shumacher

    Public transportation connects people to their community. It gets Luisa Shumacher to work, business meetings, community events, and the store. And with ongoing improvements, many routes operate more frequently and later at night.

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  • May 17 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Sean Dailey

    When his car died, Sean decided to see how long he could go riding The Rapid. That was four years ago. He’s still riding because it’s affordable, effective and doing something good for the environment too. He takes the bus to work, to the mall, and out to the movie theater.

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  • May 17 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Lisa Walkendorf

    Lisa Walkendorf has used The Rapid for years so taking her daughter downtown was a natural next step. It’s easy, affordable and eliminates the hassles of finding parking. They use The Rapid to take classes, go ice skating, and even attend Zumba classes. It makes it easy to take Laura’s friends too.

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  • May 17 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Bill DeVries

    Retirement is not a reason for Bill DeVries to slow down. He relies on a combination of his bike and The Rapid to participate in local events, volunteer, explore his surroundings – even visit his granddaughters. Bill loves to ride because it’s affordable, green and allows him to live an active life.

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  • May 17 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Stan Greene

    Stan Greene has made intentional adjustments in his life to ‘live more gently’ on our planet. With that in mind, he starts and ends his day riding The Rapid as a reliable resource for getting around town. But he also gets the benefit of connecting to the people and the places that are a part of the community.

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  • May 16 2012
    Real Rider Stories - Emily Martin

    For 10 years, Emily Martin has relied on The Rapid as a transportation option for work, school and entertainment.

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  • Aug 27 2010
    Hank Meijer Speaks on Public Transit and Accessibility in a Growing City

    Co-Chairman and CEO of a retail chain that serves hundreds of thousands of customers each day, Hank Meijer understands how important it is to be accessible. Look at many of the chain’s Grand Rapids area stores and you’ll see that they’re o...

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  • Mar 29 2010
    We Can Make Our Community Better With Public Transportation - Ellen James

    Ellen James remembers taking the bus to Davenport College as a student. Now in her third term as a board trustee for Grand Rapids Community College, she realizes how vitally important public transit is, not only for students, but to...

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  • Mar 29 2010
    Everyone is Affected by Public Transportation - Joe Jones

    A Grand Rapids Urban League board member and deeply involved in community initiatives for many years, Joe Jones has seen the impact of both good and bad economies on the area’s residents. In either scenario, access to public transpo...

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  • Mar 29 2010
    Investing in Public Transportation Helps Develop a Vibrant Community - Mike VanGessel

    As the leader of a company who’s ideas and innovation have drawn projects and praise from across the state and the nation, Mike VanGessel has a unique perspective of the value of location and mobility. As the hub of the metro area, downtown Gr...

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