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About The Rapid

Facts about The RapidThe Interurban Transit Partnership was formed in 2000 to operate a public transport system they named The Rapid to provide services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986 with a 15-member board of directors representing the six municipalities in the service area.

Beyond its fixed routes, The Rapid also operates demand response services for people with disabilities, and for those living outside the fixed-route service area, car and vanpooling programs.

Fiscal Year 2016

The Rapid's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

Monthly Financial Statements

Budget Information

Download our FY16 Budget (170 KB, PDF)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Procedures

Please review ITP/The Rapid's FOIA procedures (161 KB, PDF) to assist you in making your request.  

Quick Facts about The Rapid

  • The Rapid’s service area is 185 square miles.
  • The Rapid has 28 fixed routes.
  • The Rapid has 249 vehicles including 140 fixed route buses, 77 vans and small buses, and 32 vanpools.
  • The Rapid is home to Michigan’s first bus rapid transit line, the Silver Line.
  • Ridership has nearly tripled since 2000. In 2014, The Rapid provided over 12.5 million rides. Daily weekday ridership averages 43,000.
  • There were 1.47 million rides taken in October 2014, the highest ridership month ever for The Rapid.
  • Based on surveys of riders, 75 percent use public transportation to get to and from work. Lack of reliable, economical transportation is a barrier to many people trying to transition off public assistance. Giving people tools to be successful is essential to reducing welfare costs.
  • Based on an economic model developed for MDOT, the current operating investment in The Rapid creates 754 jobs and returns more than $88 million to the economy. If the millage increase passes, these numbers jump to 829 jobs and over $97 million in economic output.
  • The Rapid’s fixed route bus cost per passenger is  $2.76. The average among peer systems (similar service area and population – 400,000-500,000) is $3.63. The Rapid’s average revenue-recovery from fares and contracts on regular routes is  29%.
  • The Rapid’s current property tax millage rate is 1.47 mills. The current rate in Lansing is 3.79 mills, Ann Arbor is 2.75 mills, and Saginaw is 3.00 mills.
  • Since the opening of the Silver Line in August 2014, ridership has been up in the corridor by 32 percent. Each weekday there are an average of 4,450 people travelling the Division Avenue corridor.
  • Analysis of a second bus rapid transit (BRT) line, the Laker Line, is underway. This line will enhance connectivity between Grand Valley State University and downtown Grand Rapids, mitigate traffic, and encourage development along the route.
  • The Rapid has be awarded American Public Transportation Association’s Outstanding Mid-Sized Public Transportation System in North America in 2003 and 2014.