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Has anyone rode the 100 Grand Rapids - Big Rapids shuttle that goes to Ferris State University?  A friend who lives in Grand Rapids is interested in it.  I'd also like to see what kind of buses are used on it.  Even though it's operated by The Rapid, it's not on the wiki page (friend also says the page is outdated).

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21 hours ago, Renee said:

Has anyone rode the 100 Grand Rapids - Big Rapids shuttle that goes to Ferris State University?  A friend who lives in Grand Rapids is interested in it.  I'd also like to see what kind of buses are used on it.  Even though it's operated by The Rapid, it's not on the wiki page (friend also says the page is outdated).

Do you happen to know if it is operated using vehicles supplied in part by FSU or if it is solely operated using vehicles from The Rapid's urban fixed-route fleet?

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Here’s a brief 2019 update of the current The Rapid fleet as of July 2019 compared to the wiki’s page.

Retirements:

  •         240-247 were retired in 2012.

  •         248-269, 271, 272, 274, and 275 were retired in 2017. 265, 271, 272, 274, and 275 were sold to Kalamazoo’s Metro.

  • ·        270, 273, 276-284, 286, 289, and 296 were retired in early 2019.

  •         1010, 1020, 1023, and 1055 have all been totaled in the past couple years due to accidents.

Additions:

  •         1101 is a 2016 Gillig 40’ Low Floor CNG

  •         1102-1128 are 2017 Gillig 40’ Low Floor CNG

  •         1129-1148 are 2018 Gillig 40’ Low Floor CNG

  •         6001 and 6002 are New Flyer XN60 pilot buses for the Laker Line BRT which arrived in May of 2019. The remainder of the order (6003-6016) will arrive in May 2020.

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5 hours ago, VectorPrime said:

Here’s a brief 2019 update of the current The Rapid fleet as of July 2019 compared to the wiki’s page.

Thanks -- great pics!

Kudos to The Rapid for making Gilligs look halfway decent -- although they're still mighty uninspiring to ride.

Very encouraging to see New Flyer artics. Sure signs that The Rapid continues its evolution into a major transit player -- as opposed to the backwater, forgotten-about system of yesteryear.

Imagine the possibilities if they shift to New Flyer for 40-foot buses. I'm also cautiously optimistic that a strong showing for artics on the Laker Line will lead to their eventual use on the Silver Line.

Frankly, I believe that the Silver Line has fallen short due in part (in part!) to its underwhelming equipment. Onlookers were promised "a train on tires"... when they got a regular bus at 20-30 minute headways. They can do better.

Roster-wise... can you identify which buses are 35-footers? I believe there's a few tucked into the 1000-series among the 40-footers...

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Greetings from Grand Rapids -- where The Rapid has decisively made the leap from a mid-size system to a large system (though, of course, the smaller end of large - if that makes sense!)

First, on the way in, these recent retirees were hanging out at a truck lot in Holland. Surprising to see so many decals still visible -- these could easily be mistaken for in-service rolling stock:

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Then, an 18-month old bus that looks nearly identical to the 15 year old bus that it retired. Thanks, Gillig (%$#@). At least it's a nice photo -- 2009 finishes an inbound trip on Route 7:

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At least Grand Rapids can make Gilligs look decent from the outside. Here is 7527, owned by the City and operated by The Rapid for DASH service:

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Over on the Silver Line, 1092 starts its trip down Division. Yet again, a nice paint scheme on a not-so-nice vehicle:

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Ahhh, a first-rate transit vehicle offers signs of hope. On the Medical Mile, 6016 approaches the end of the Laker Line. These are beauties -- the difference is most noticeable on the inside. Compared to the sad, dreary interior of a Gillig -- where every seat has an obstructed view and the lighting is prison-like -- these New Flyers feel like frolicking through a field of sunflowers on a bright spring morning. Enormous windows and happy lighting to complement a ride that is smooth, quiet, spacious and comfortable:

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I learned that Laker Line buses come from a second operating facility! It's a little over a mile away from the main base on Wealthy. It's purpose-built for CNG artics. The fleet currently contains 16 such vehicles. Does this suggest that more artics are in the cards? Maybe to replace the inadequate Gilligs on the Silver Line?

My respect for The Rapid is ever increasing. They have a few small-time features to outgrow (Gilligs, downtown transit center, etc). Those aside, they're starting to exhibit signs of a first-tier transit system.

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