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‘Airbnb for parking’ opens to city users

A Miami-based startup is helping Grand Rapids residents and businesses pocket extra cash by renting out their parking spaces.

West Michigan road commissions deploy frost sensors to keep drivers safe

With dropping temperatures and drivers’ safety on their minds, Muskegon, Kent and Ottawa County road workers would like to keep these conditions to a minimum, and frost sensors can help do that.

The Rapid appoints permanent COO

The Rapid has appointed its interim COO to fill the role on a permanent basis.

The Rapid joins public safety pledge

The Rapid announced it joined the American Public Transportation Association’s Health and Safety Commitments Program.

Health care program for seniors instrumental during pandemic

Participants are slowly returning to Care Resources’ Day Center, but the pandemic altered the way the local Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) organization cared for its participants — individuals who are 55 years or older and meet nursing home requirements but opt to stay home and receive at-home care.
AP

Detroit bus drivers won’t work; rides stop for thousands

DETROIT — Bus riders were stranded Friday in Detroit as drivers concerned about the coronavirus refused to report to work.

Grand Rapids launches e-scooter pilot

The city of Grand Rapids and Ford subsidiary Spin are launching a citywide e-scooter share program.

Ludington man sentenced for embezzling from ferry company

Lake Michigan Carferry’s former financial controller was sentenced to 63 months in prison for stealing more than $1.7 million from the company over 11 years.

Grand Rapids sees renaissance of public transit

Grand Rapids experienced one of the highest resurgences in public transit use, according to a recent study.

Grand Rapids’ autonomous vehicles resume next week

The city of Grand Rapids and May Mobility announced the autonomous vehicle shuttle service will resume Monday.

Laker Line buses roll into action

Michigan’s second bus rapid transit line, the Laker Line, officially opened for service Monday to university students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

West Michigan produces 24 of fastest-growing private companies in U.S.

A logistics and transportation company was named the fastest-growing private company in West Michigan and the third fastest in Michigan.
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Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

LANSING — The state of Michigan and some private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.
AP

Grants to help fund EV fast-charging stations in Michigan

The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) wants to make sure operators of electric vehicles have enough places to plug in.

Indian Trails transit system begins phased restart of services

Indian Trails Inc. will restart most of its daily scheduled bus service Saturday.

American Seating announces two executive moves

The leadership at Grand Rapids-based American Seating — a manufacturer of passenger seating for city service buses, light rails and motor coaches — recently changed.

The Rapid announces payment changes

Several fare payment changes will take place on The Rapid’s bus service Saturday.

Grand Rapids road conditions are just above national average

Grand Rapids roads aren’t so bad according to a national report.

Transportation company building new warehouse

Classic Transportation and Warehousing broke ground last month on a new warehousing project being built in Allegan County.

Rapid launches six-month rideshare program

The Rapid is launching GO!Bus Plus, a six-month pilot program that will use a mobile app and web portal to offer pre-scheduled and on-demand rides.

Pizza franchisee embraces opportunity

Nathan Leder said his business is a living example of how restaurants in this day and age should seriously consider third-party delivery platforms as a way to enhance food sales.

Five-year transportation plan receives federal approval

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan for Kent and Ottawa counties has cleared federal approval.

Venture Connect moves to West Side

Formerly Grandville-based freight and logistics company Venture Connect recently moved to Grand Rapids’ West Side.

Rapid offers free masks to riders

The Rapid has 500 reusable cloth masks available to riders at Rapid Central Station, free of charge, starting Tuesday.

Rapid to start new summer schedule

The Rapid will implement a new summer service schedule effective May 26.

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