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Public Transportation

You don’t need to rely on your own vehicle to get around Grand Rapids. We have a variety of public transportation options that will get you where you want to go – quickly, conveniently and affordably.

Ride the Rapid

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The Rapid is our award-winning bus transit system. With 249 vehicles covering 185 square miles, it’s an easy way to travel between downtown and surrounding areas – including East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Wyoming and Walker, as well as the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Check out this quick guide on how to ride and where to go, and visit ridetherapid.org for schedules, maps and other resources. Check their site for real-time schedule tracking, or download the free myStop or Transit app from Google Play or the App Store.

All Rapid buses – including the DASH Bus below – are accessible for mobility aids such as wheelchairs, electric scooters, walkers and crutches. Bus operators are trained to assist customers with disabilities boarding or exiting the vehicle. Service animals are welcome.


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The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is a service of The Rapid. It runs two continuous routes to quickly transport you to every attraction, restaurant, brewery and hotel throughout the center city. No ticket or pass is required, just board the bright pink bus at one of nearly 50 stops marked with street signs and sidewalk markers.

DASH West provides access to Monroe Center shopping and dining as well as the West Side and Avenue for the Arts neighborhoods – including the Bridge Street and Ionia Avenue entertainment districts, both lined with restaurants, breweries, bars and nightclubs.

DASH North travels parallel to the Grand River, from the North Monroe neighborhood (home to the Embassy Suites Hotel and City Built Brewing Company) to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market food emporium. Stops include DeVos Place Convention Center and Rosa Parks Circle.

DASH Shuttles operate from 6:30am-10pm Monday-Friday and 10am-10pm on Saturday. There is no Sunday service.

If you are traveling with your own vehicle, consider parking in one of the DASH lots for just $2 a day and using the DASH to get around downtown.

Alternate Transportation

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Grand Rapids also offers a wide variety of taxi, rideshare, limousine, wheelchair transport, vehicle rental and other transportation services. Scroll to the bottom of our Transportation & Maps page for a list of providers.