A Watershed Moment: The Recently Passed Rapid Millage

On May 17, Bill Kirk, of The Rapid, spoke on The Rapid millage that was passed.

You can listen to the interview here: http://www.archive.org/details/TheRapidTransitMillageIncreaseWhatNow 

In 2010, 9.7 million trips were taken on The Rapid. The current year projects over 10 million rides.

In 1998,The Rapid started working on a 20 year millage and completed it in10 years later, in 2008.  The recent millage will take effect January 2012.  It will bring extended service hours, an increased frequency, more options and connections. The later service hours will bring buses to local stops until 12:15 a.m. for busy areas and until 11:15 p.m. for less busy areas.

Kirk stresses the notion that more service would bring more “choice riders” to The Rapid, a term bringing attention to those who don’t need to take the bus but would like to if convenient. More information about the millage can be found at rapidtmp.org. Kirk said people will use public transit, but they need more service options.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.

Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays: 8:30am and 5:30 pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media  Center and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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