In the past two decades, the Grand Rapids metro area has swiftly grown and changed. This transformation has impacted the way people get around, where they call home, and how they like to work. This has led The Rapid to asses how well the current bus system is serving the community.
Enter Mobility For All, a planning process to identify tangible steps to make the current system smarter, more focused and efficient. We want to make sure you’re able to get where you need to go in a convenient and reliable way. We’re committed to being a good steward of public dollars and continuously seeking out cost-efficient and effective ways to run our service. This is why we’re taking a proactive approach to keeping pace with changes in the community and transportation while anticipating future transportation needs.
Here’s what we’re hoping to learn with Mobility For All:
- Get the view from above.
At The Rapid, we are constantly reviewing feedback from riders and our own team to improve our routes and services. Whether it’s a small tweak to a time table to make sure a bus never misses a lineup at Rapid Central Station or moving a bus stop closer to someone who needs it, we are always looking for ways to improve what we offer. However, it’s important to periodically take a high-level look at existing services and explore new approaches. Mobility For All allows for us to take a larger look at all we do to make changes of greater positive impact.
- Use data to our advantage.
The Mobility For All planning process will give us a chance to investigate data on a greater scale. We can better understand where people live, work and play and how they move around the community. All of this will help us to determine if the existing system needs changes.
- Gather input.
The Rapid’s services are used by many people across the community including workers, families, students, and seniors. Mobility For All offers a unique chance to actively seek input from those who matter most before proposing any changes.
- Look at cost-neutral opportunities.
Improvements to bus service often come with a cost. But with Mobility For All, we have a chance to identify a cost-neutral plan to improve transit while remaining fiscally responsible. This means less of a cost burden on taxpayers and our riders.
- Plan for the future.
Mobility For All will offer long-term recommendations to align our public transportation with future demand. Our communities are growing and changing and we need to proactively plan to accommodate them today and in the many years to come.