The Rapid Partners with Meijer for ArtPrize
With the second year of ArtPrize rapidly approaching, we feel it's important to show our support for public art in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are partnering with Meijer for ArtPrize again this year to help you get around the Grand Rapids area wi
With the second year of ArtPrize rapidly approaching, we feel it's important to show our support for public art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
[IMAGE '361' /]We are partnering with Meijer for ArtPrize again this year to help you get around the Grand Rapids area with ease during the event (September 22nd - October 10th). Purchase of a wristband will grant unlimited access to ride The Rapid throughout the 19 day event. The wristband package includes a wristband and a map for $5.00 or a wristband, a map, and the guide book for a total of $15.00. Extra wristbands after initial purchase are $1.00. You can get your ArtPrize/Rapid wristband from any exhibition center or registration location.
The wristband can save you a lot of cash! If you ride the rapid once a day, it would normally cost $3.00 ($1.50 each way). Over 19 days this adds up to $57.00, but when you pay $5.00 for the wristband, you are saving $52.00 for the duration of ArtPrize! What a great value!
[IMAGE '364' /]Along with our wristband package, we have also developed great tools including a Trip Planner that integrates with the ArtPrize experience and different venues. The new Trip Planner gives you step-by-step directions on how to reach your destination within our service area. Tell us where you're starting and where you're going, and we'll do the rest. Also, you can enter "AP" and then the ArtPrize venue number into the A or B fields to view ArtPrize locations. The AP code designates a location as an ArtPrize Venue. For example: Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel (AP142)
[IMAGE '365' /]Meijer is offering space at these locations, so all you need to do is park and ride The Rapid downtown. If you have a bus stop nearby, it is even easier — just hop on. If you have purchased a wristband package, you can ride any Rapid fixed route for free at all days and times during ArtPrize. Those without wristbands will need to pay the $1.50 one-way fare, or use a multi-ride farecard. Farecards can be purchased on the buses, on-line at www.ridetherapid.org and at area grocery stores, including the Meijer park and ride locations (except Gaines Township).
The ArtPrize shuttle will be making stops at Rapid Central Station, so you can easily connect between these services. Not an experienced bus rider? Don’t worry, we’ve got lots of tools and tips available on our website including a trip planner that maps out your route for you. Just put in your starting and ending points and it will show you the nearest stop, tell you which route(s) you will need, and connect you to the schedule. You can also call 616.776.1100 to talk with one of our information center employees. They’ll help you plan your trip and answer any questions you may have about riding the bus. Please check schedules in advance as not all routes run at all times.