RAPID proposes new payment plan for regular riders

Rapid fare structure

KENTWOOD, MICH. - The RAPID bus service isn't cutting fares, but says some plans under consideration could help regular riders save money.

“It offers people more ways to pay their fare and it is more convenient for passengers,” explains RAPID External Affairs Manager Jennifer Kalczuk.

Under the proposed plan, instead of paying an upfront fee for a 1, 7 or 31 day pass, the fare from each ride a passenger takes would go toward the price of the pass until the rider has paid the full amount. And that’s just one of the proposed changes the rapid staff says could make riding the bus not just cheaper but more convenient.

“I think the more we can do give people the level of comfort with the system where they don’t have as many questions is very helpful,” says Kalczuk.

“This just makes sense all the way around,” says Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, who is also on the RAPID board of directors. “I’m excited about it.

Of course, the question is what the unintentional consequences of a change are.

The Rapid has more information meetings scheduled to receive input from the community. Staff says they are still listening to ideas that might improve their plan. Changes won’t happen until next year.

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