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The Rapid to Host Job Fair on June 3, 2017

Help keep your community moving! The Rapid is recruiting for several different job positions. We’re hosting a job fair to find exceptional candidates to join our award-winning team as bus operators, diesel technicians, tire technician and administrative assistant.
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Route Detours for Saturday, May 20, 2017

There are two runs taking place on Saturday, May 20, 2017, that will impact some of our routes.
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River Bank Run Detours for May 13, 2017

Every year, the River Bank Run takes over our city! Here are detours to ensure that you can safely and efficiently get to your destination.
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Upcoming College & University Summer Service Schedule Changes

Upcoming college and university schedule changes:
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Rapid CEO Peter Varga to Leave at the End of Contract

Peter Varga, CEO of The Rapid, has notified the Board of Directors that he will be leaving at the end of his current contract, which runs through September 30, 2018.
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Fare Structure Public Information Meetings April 2017

Our new electronic fare (e-fare) system is coming soon! E-fare, which features smart cards and a mobile ticketing smartphone app, will make riding the bus faster, easier, and more convenient. As we prepare to transition, we are proposing a few changes to our current fare structure to fully utilize the new e-fare technology, expedite the boarding process, and better accommodate passengers. Most importantly, this proposal does not include a fare increase. If approved, changes to the fare structure will be in effect when the e-fare system launches in early 2018.
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Route 4 & 19 Schedule Adjustments Begin April 3, 2017

On Monday, April 3, Routes 4 and 19 will have added trips:
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Current Long-Term Detours

These detours will be in place long term to accommodate construction.
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The Rapid Optimistic that Funding for the Laker Line Will Be Approved and the Project Will Move Forward

The Laker Line, a bus rapid transit (BRT) project, would connect Grand Valley State University’s Allendale Campus with Medical Mile, serving key destinations in the cities of Walker and Grand Rapids along the way.
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Have You Thanked Your Bus Operator Lately?

One day. Two words. So many reasons.
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Route 1 - Division Changes Effective Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Due to the closing of the Kmart store at 68th Street and Clyde Park, the Route 1 will be rerouted to improve efficiency. Beginning Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, Route 1 buses will no longer travel through the parking lot to the bus stop by the building at this store location. The Route 1 buses will travel west on 68th Street from Division to Clyde Park, and then right on Clyde Park to Meijer at 54th Street.Riders will still have access to this plaza via the current bus stop on 68th Street at the drive by Taco Bell, as well as a new bus stop at 68th Street and Clyde Park.
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Holiday 2016 Service Schedule

CHRISTMAS EVE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Radial service from Central Station The 5:45 pm and 6:15 pm lineups will be the last to depart Central Station; The 5:45 pm lineup (Routes 5, 6, 9 and 16) will operate their entire trip, terminating service when they arrive at Central Station at 7:05 pm; The longer routes at the 6:15 pm lineup (Routes 1, 2, 4, 8, and 15) will deadhead back to the garage at the conclusion of their outbound trip; The shorter routes at the 6:15 pm lineup (Routes 3, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18) will operate their entire trip, terminating service when they arrive back at Central Station between 7:05 – 7:10 pm; The last trip on the Silver Line will depart Central Station at 6:30 pm. When it reaches the end of the line at 60thStreet, it will deadhead back to the garage. The Silver Line bus that departs Central Station at 6:00 pm will operate its entire trip, terminating at Central Station at 7:10 pm. University Service Route 50 (Campus Connector) will not be operating at all from December 23, 2016 through January 2, 2017; Route 60 (GRCC Sneden Shuttle) will not be in operation from December 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017; Route 100 (Ferris State) will not be in operation from December 17, 2016 through January 3, 2017; Crosstown Service Route 24 will operate eastbound trips until terminating at Woodland Mall at 6:42 pm. The
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College & University Holiday 2016 Service Schedule

With the holiday season comes many schedule changes for college and university routes. We ask that you please plan your travel accordingly during the holiday season to do your best to manage these schedule and service changes.
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Art Van Santa Parade Detours for Nov. 19

The Art Van Santa Parade/Grand Rapids Jaycees is this Saturday! Here are the route detours that will be in place from 5:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: - Route #1 SB: RCS (R) Cherry (L) Ionia (R) Fulton; Regular Route- Route #1 NB: Fulton (L) Ionia (R) Cherry (L) Grandville; Regular Route - Route #4 SB: Grandville (L) Cherry (R) Ionia (R) Fulton; Regular Route- Route #4 NB: Fulton (L) Ionia (R) Cherry; Regular Route - Route #6 NB: Lyon (L) Division (R) Fulton (L) Ionia (R) Cherry (L) RCS; Regular Route - Route #7 WB: Ellsworth (L) Grandville (L) Wealthy-NB 131-EXIT @ Leonard; Regular Route - Route #7 EB: Turner- 131 SB EXIT @ Wealthy make Right (R) Grandville (R) Cherry; Regular Route - Route #9 NB: Grandville (L) Cherry (L) Market (R) Wealthy (R) Front (L) Fulton (R) Seward; Regular Route- Route #9 SB: Seward (L) Fulton (R) Front (L) Wealthy (L) Market (R) Cherry: Regular Route - Route #11 NB: Grandville (R) Cherry (L) Ionia (R) Michigan; Regular Route- Route # 11SB: Michigan (L) Ottawa (L) Fulton (R) Division (R) Cherry (L) RCS; Regular Route - Route #12 EB: Fulton (R) Front (L) Wealthy (R) Cherry; Regular Route- Route #12 WB: Grandville (L) Cherry (L) Market (R) Wealthy (R) Front (L) Fulton; Regular Route - Route # 13 SB: Ottawa (L) Fulton (R) Ionia (R) Cherry (L) Granville; Regular Route - Route #14 EB: Grandville (R) Cherry (L) Ionia (R) Fulton; Regular Route- Route #14 WB: Fulton (L) Ionia (R) Cherry (L) Grandville; Regular Route - Route #15 EB: RCS (R) Cherry (L) Ionia (R) Fulton; Regular Route- Route #15 WB: Fulton (L) Ionia (R) Cherry (L) Grandville; Regular Route - Route #50 WB: Lafayette (L) Leonard (L) Turner/Mt Vernon (Stop For Students At Mt Vernon/Fulton) (L) Fulton (R) Winter (L) Pearl; Regular Route- Route #50 EB: Front (L)&
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Service Schedule for Mel Trotter Ministries Thanksgiving Banquet 2016

For the past three years, The Rapid has provided bus service to the Mel Trotter Ministries Thanksgiving Banquet. This service includes two routes.
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