RAPID (Municpal Area Mass Transit)

The RAPID is the public transportation provider for Grand Rapids and several surrounding communities. The RAPID was created from GRATA in 2001. In the year 2001 GRATA/RAPID carried just over five million passengers. Ridership remain fairly level until 2005 when it began a steady increase and in 2014 ridership is more than twice GRATA's highest count. Not including DASH parking shuttles and other secondary routes the RAPID provides service to 1,615 stops throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

Passenger Fair: $1.75, includes transfer to other fixed routes and BRT. DASH parking shuttles are free. A variety of passes and ride cards are available.

On-Time Performance (Fiscal 2014): 81.92%

Help

The RAPID provides a travel trainer program to assist user's unfamiliar with the RAPID or use of public transit.

Ridership

The RAPID reports annual ridership based upon a fiscal year of October 1st - September 30th.

Ridership Per Month

Year January February March April May June July August September October November December Total (Fiscal) Total (Calendar)
2011 - - - - - - 1,183,023 1,090,475 848,888 - -
2012 1,115,500 1,154,896 1,085,475 1,005,713 799,911 766,995 747,257 888,788 1,246,145 1,407,102 1,173,277 864,607 11,933,066 12,255,666
2013 1,176,788 1,159,131 1,104,461 1,100,908 831,384 720,578 716,342 892,697 1,345,015 1,457,024 1,150,084 880,415 12,492,290 12,534,827
2014 1,052,482 1,155,433 1,131,535 1,107,335 831,560 754,248 763,963 875,210 1,363,066 1,469,801 1,066,589 930,217 12,522,355 12,501,439
2015 1,131,427 1,086,970 1,109,544 1,024,005 1,024,005 729,862 729,862 719,259 1,230,431 1,288,825 1,055,106 919,397 12,251,972 12,048,693
2016 997,741 1,117,755 1,079,385 1,002,676 737,090 704,464 603,879 774,246 1,166,004 1,199,657 1,056,690 843,717 11,446,568 11,283,304
2017 1,013,728 1,050,793 1,048,765 941,611 729,543 676,542 578,355 752,673 1,080,759 1,134,835 1,080,759 757,257 10,972,833 10,845,620
2018 961,192 965,695 954,602 954,602 716,622 642,739

Official total ridership tally for fiscal year 2014 was 12,524,500.

Ridership Changes Per Month

Year January February March April May June July August September October November December Total
2012 vs 2011 - - - - - - - - - +224,079 +82,802 +15,719 -
2013 vs 2012 +61,288 +4,235 +18,986 +95,195 +31,473 -46,417 -30,915 +3,909 +98,870 +49,922 -23,193 +15,808 +279,161
2014 vs 2013 -124,306 -3,698 +27,074 +6,427 +176 +33,670 +47,621 -17,487 +18,051 +12,777 -83,495 +49,802 -33,388
2015 vs 2014 +78,945 -68,463 -21,991 -83,330 +192,445 -24,386 -34,101 -155,951 -132,635 -180,976 -11,483 -10,820 -452,746
2016 vs 2015 -133,686 -30,785 -30,159 -21,329 -286,915 -25,398 -125,983 54,987 -64,427 -89,168 +1,584 -75,680 -689,709
2017 vs 2016 +15,987 -66,962 -30,620 -61,065 -7,547 -27,922 -25,524 -21,573 -85,245 -64,822 +24,069 -86,460 -473,735
2018 vs 2017 -52,536 -85,098 -94,163 +12,991 -12,921 -33,803

Extreme weather in January 2014 accounted for a significant dip in ridership during that period; this dip can be seen in ridership data of multiple modes on nearly all systems across the nation. During January 2016 GVSU and GRPS were closed four days due to weather; in comparison to 2015 with only one closure.

Ridership reports are currently found at "Reports & Publications".

Documents

News

Time-line of RAPID improvements (since 2010)

  • January 2012: Extended weekday hours of operation until 11:15 or 12:15 on the busiest routes.
  • January 2012: Extended Saturday operation until 10:00pm on Saturdays.
  • January 2012: Regular frequency improved on busiest rounds to a minimum of every 30 minutes.
  • August 2012: Six routes improved to a minimum frequency of 15 minutes during peak hours.
  • August 2012: Creation of the new fixed-route RAPID#19 [weekday only] servicing Michigan St and Fuller to Hall St.
  • August 2014: The launch of the SilverLine BRT.
  • Fall 2014: Availability of real time stop information and integration with mobile transit applications such as TransitApp.
  • January 2016: Extension of route 28 into Cascade
  • May 2016: Additional trip added to RAPID#5 and RAPID#17. Additional trip on RAPID#17 is an express to the Gerald R. Ford International airport.
  • September 2016:
    • DASH lines consolidate to two routes with consistent hours-of-operation and 7-8 minute headways.
    • SilverLine now fareless within the park-once downtown zone
    • The cheapest monthly parking pass is now finally more expensive than a 31 day transit pass.
    • RAPID#19 converts to a rush-hour crosstown connector on the Michigan St. corridor.
  • August 2017: Routing changes to RAPID#15, RAPID#37, & RAPID#48.
  • November 2018 - WAVE pilot test begins.
  • June 2018: Enhanced RAPID#19 service will begin in August, 2018
  • August 2018:
    • WAVE electronic fare payment system goes live (Tuesday, August 14th)
    • DASH gets weekend and late-night service.
    • Weekday frequent & fair-free RAPID#19 Michigan St / Bridge St. Crosstown launches.