The Rapid

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Area Served Kent County, MI
Founded 1963
Number Of Routes 28

The Interurban Transit Partnership or The Rapid operates public transit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It also serves East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, Wyoming, Alpine Township, Byron Township, Gaines Township and Grand Rapids Township.

History

The system was formed by the City of Grand Rapids in 1963 as the Grand Rapids Transit Authority. It became a regional authority in July 1978 and was renamed the Grand Rapids Area Transit Authority (GRATA). The Interurban Transit Partnership was formed in January 2000 and adopted the name The Rapid.

In August 2014, The Rapid launched Michigan's first bus rapid transit (BRT) route. The Silver Line operates on South Division Avenue south from downtown Grand Rapids to 60th Street on the border of Kentwood and Cutlerville.

Routes

Schedules and maps

Facilities

Garage/Office

  • Address: 333 Wealthy St. SW., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Email: info@ridetherapid.org
  • Fax: 616-456-6858
  • Phone:
    • Admin: 616-456-7514
    • Info: 616-776-1100

Central Station

  • Address: 250 Grandville Ave. SW., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Fleet

Active

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
284-285 The Rapid 284-a.jpg 2007 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB 284 retired in early 2019
286-287 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL 286 retired in early 2019
288-290 2007 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB 289 retired in early 2019
291-297 2007 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL 296 retired in early 2019
1001-1007 The Rapid 1005-a.jpg 2008 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL
1008-1022 The Rapid 1020-a.jpg 2009 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL 1010, 1020 retired due to damage from accidents
1023-1047 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL 1023 retired due to damage from accidents
1048-1059 2011 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 1055 retired due to damage from accidents
1060-1080 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1081-1082 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1083-1090 2013 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9
1091-1100 2014 Gillig BRT Plus HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 Exclusive to the Silver Line.
1101 2016 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40
1102-1128 2017 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40
1129-1148 2018 Gillig Low Floor CNG 40
6001-6002 2019 New Flyer XN60
  • Pilot buses for the Lake Line BRT
  • Delivered in May 2019
7501-7541 The Rapid 7511-a.jpg 2011 Gillig Low Floor 29'
(G27E102R2)
Cummins ISL9
  • 5 units, numbers go by 10, 7501, 7511 etc.
  • For use on DASH shuttle
7560-7565 2006 Daimler Buses N.A. SLF 200 (30') Mercedes-Benz MBE900 For use on DASH shuttle

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On Order

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
6001-6002 2020 New Flyer XN60
  • Production buses for the Lake Line BRT
  • Will be delivered in May 2020

Retired

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
10-14 1974 GMC T8H-5308A Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison
20-38 1974 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
40-64 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
65-79 1977 Flxible 45096-6-1 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
80-94 1980 Grumman Flxible 870
(53102-8-1)
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
125-132 1981 GMDD T6H-5307N Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison V730
150-162 1990 MCI TC40-102A
Classic
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V731
163-170 1991 OBI Orion V
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
171-176 1995 Gillig Phantom 30'
177-182 1996 Gillig Phantom 30'
183-197 1996 Gillig Phantom 35'
200-224 1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
225-236 1999 Gillig Phantom 35'
240-242 2000 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Retired in 2012
243-247 2001 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G18D102N4)
Cummins ISC Retired in 2012
248-260 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Retired in 2017
261-269 2005 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL
270-283 The Rapid 276-a.jpg 2006 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G29D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
339 2001 Champion Used for DASH service
341-350 1997 Champion Used for DASH service
431-432 1965 GMC TDH-5304
433-436 1966 GMC TDH-5304
452-460 2001 Ford E350 XL pass. van

Service (Non-Revenue) Vehicles

  • Not complete
Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
821 1992 Jeep Cherokee Driver relief
826 1995 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan Driver relief
831 1998 Jeep Cherokee Driver relief
330, 332-333 1998 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan Driver relief
335-336 1999 Chevrolet Lumina Minivan Driver relief
355-356 2001 International/Diamond cutaway Driver relief

References