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Brad’s Story

Living life to its fullest

When Brad learned that he had a degenerative eye disease, he began looking for a community with a strong public transportation system that could allow him to remain independent. He found that, and so much more, in Grand Rapids.

The GO!Bus provides paratransit services to non-disabled seniors and citizens with disabilities, regardless of the reason for the trip. Learn more about GO!Bus options and eligibility requirements.

Video Transcript

Brad’s Story:

It’s the freedom. It’s the ability to actually move. Even walking is kind of burdensome because whether I use a stick or a dog, the sidewalk is broken up so I always impale myself with the stick. But with skating, I am constantly going.

The Rapid means freedom, independence, self-possession. It gives me the ability to get out in the community, meet other people, be involved and to do the things that I enjoy doing.

If I didn’t have the option of public transportation, I would actually be homebound. I have very few options available to go from A to B and friends and family aren’t always available. The GO!Bus, however, gives you the personal attention. The one thing about taking the bus is that you’re in the community, with others, from all walks of life.

The primary reason why I moved to Grand Rapids was because of public transportation. It gives me that open door to get involved with the arts and the culture and diversity here in Grand Rapids.

The Rapid means peace of mind.

Traducción Española

La historia de Brad:

Es la libertad. Es la capacidad de trasladarme de verdad. Incluso caminar es oneroso porque tanto si uso un bastón como un perro, la acera está rota y siempre me clavo el bastón. Sin embargo, al patinar, me desplazo constantemente.

The Rapid significa libertad, independencia, autocontrol. Me permite relacionarme con la comunidad, encontrarme con otras personas, involucrarme y hacer las cosas que me gusta hacer.

Si no tuviera la opción de transporte público, estaría realmente en casa sin poder moverme. Dispongo de muy pocas acciones para ir de A a B y los amigos y la familia no están siempre disponibles. No obstante, el autobús GO! me presta una atención personal. Lo bueno de tomar el autobús es que estoy en la comunidad, con otras personas de todas las clases sociales.

La razón principal por la que me mudé a Grand Rapids fue debido al transporte público. Me proporciona esa puerta abierta para poder involucrarme en las artes y la cultura, y en diversidad que existe aquí en Grand Rapids.

The Rapid significa tranquilidad.