the rapid

Darfur refugee remains optimistic, finds new home in Grand Rapids

by (Bethany Refugee...)

Submitted 06-15-2012 under NONPROFITS

Jamal Abdalla’s smile and determination strike anyone upon first meeting him. Through all of the hardships he has seen and the journey he has taken; he still embraces life with courage and optimism. Abdalla was born in a small village in...

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People I've met while riding The Rapid

by (Gwendolyn Nathan)

Submitted 03-20-2012 under VOICES

I ride The Rapid to go back and forth to work and to run small errands. Central Station is conveniently located near downtown Grand Rapids. Route information, scheduling and connections are easily accessible and the bus drivers are friendly and...

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The Rapid: A Bright Future?

by (pvidetic)

Submitted 05-03-2011 under OPINION

Six o’clock in the morning. The alarm clock goes off and you hit the snooze button. The alarm goes off a second time and you sluggishly roll out of bed, not exactly ready to start the day. You make breakfast, get the kids ready for school, and...

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Interview With Jim Bruckbauer of the Michigan Land Use Institute

by (nickmanes)

Submitted 05-01-2011 under NEWS

  On Tuesday, May 3rd, voters in Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville and Walker will vote on a millage to increase service on The Rapid, the area's public transit bus service.  To help voters who may be...

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[HISTORY DETECTIVES] Historical transit decision comes full circle with May 3 millage

by (Michael Tuffelmire)

Submitted 04-29-2011 under OPINION

A portion of the vintage footage featured in the video is from a film made in the 1920s. That promotional film was made by the Grand Rapids Railway Company, the private corporation that controlled the transit in the city. In the beginning of the...

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Rapid Revolution to kick off Rapid Yes initiative

by (nickmanes)

Submitted 04-13-2011 under LOCAL LIFE

  Much of our country appears to be undergoing a rebirth of cities.  Baby boomers are moving back from the suburbs, big-box retailers are adjusting their business models to fit into urban centers, and perhaps most importantly, urban mass-...

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GreenRide helping to revive carpooling

by (GRBlogger)

Submitted 02-01-2010 under LOCAL LIFE

When gasoline was topping over $4 a gallon, many people jumped on the carpool wagon. It seemed like a great way to save money and help the environment. But as gas prices and motivation dwindled, many people are not carpooling, or attempting to...

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The Rapid and Me

by (mikerapin)

Submitted 11-10-2009 under OPINION

I've lived in West Michigan all of my life. I was born at Blodgett and raised in South East Grand Rapids until I was seven when my family moved to Hudsonville. I lived in Hudsonville until I graduated high school then moved to Allendale to attend...

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