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The Rapid 100 Express Bus Service

A More Convenient Commute

The Rapid 100 Express Bus is one of the most convenient ways to commute between Big Rapids and Grand Rapids, including stops in Cedar Springs.

The Rapid 100 route follows the academic year and provides transit when classes are in session. The bus does not operate in the summer.

The Express Bus originates in downtown Grand Rapids at The Rapids Central Station located at 250 Grandville Ave. SW. The route to and from Ferris' main campus in Big Rapids includes stops at the Cedar Springs Meijer (3700 17 Mile Road). The Cedar Springs stop is in the parking lot directly south of the Meijer gas station. The Big Rapids stops are at:

  1. Bond Circle near the Michigan College of Optometry and
  2. Northwest side of the Science Building, just south of the intersection of Cedar and Michigan streets

If you have any questions about the Rapid 100 Express Bus, call Campus Auxiliary Services at (231) 591-5402

Schedule

Fall and Spring Semester: Mon - Fri, 6:20 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thereis no bus on the weekends or during student holidays or breaks when there are no classes.

Scheduled arrivals to the main campus in Big Rapids are approximately 7:40 am, 10:30 am, 2:15 pm, and 6:15 pm. See the schedule for exact times. The bus will leave campus for Grand Rapids approximately 5 minutes after each arrival time. Actual times can vary due to weather, traffic conditions, or other circumstances. All trips to and from the main campus include a stop at the Cedar Springs Meijer (exit 104) to pick up or drop off passengers. Bus stop signs will be posted. View the complete schedule here.

If you miss the bus, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for alternative transportation or wait for the next scheduled bus, if the missed bus was not the last for the day. It is also your responsibility to address missed classes or activities with faculty

To see where the Rapid 100 Express Bus is at any time, check the Rapid Connect webpage or download the MyStop App. For questions on bus delays, call the Rapid at (616) 776-1100.

Through the MyStop app you can subscribe to text/email messages and alerts regarding the bus. Riders are also encouraged to sign up for Ferris Emergency Text Alerts through MyFSU to receive updates on weather related cancellations and other special announcements.

Bus Pass 

Bus Cards can be ordered online by completing this form.

Unlimited use is $480 for the semester or $120 for 30 days. This must be paid in full prior to bus privileges being added to your bus card.

Cards are non-refundable, non-transferable and must be presented upon request. Fraudulent use of cards will result in disciplinary action. There is a $25 replacement cost for lost or stolen cards.

Riders who do not wish to purchase an unlimited bus card can pay a one-way trip of $5 in cash to the bus driver each time they ride, or can purchase a Wave card which can be loaded with funds and used as a declining balance.

The Bus Card and the Wave Card can be used on any route provided by The Rapid, including the Ferris State Rapid 100 Express.

Ridership

Although the bus service is available to anyone, it is primarily intended for current and prospective students who permanently reside in Kent County and are already enrolled or intend to enroll at Ferris’ Big Rapids campus. People can ride the bus for $5 cash each way.

Housing Obligation

Students required to live on campus for the fall and spring semesters who are interested in enrolling in the bus ridership program can be released from their housing obligation if they meet the eligibility requirement (Kent County permanent address) and their student accounts show they have purchased a bus card each semester.

Cost

Unlimited use is $480 per semester, or $120 per month, which must be paid in full or charged to a student account at the time of purchase.

Riders who do not wish to purchase a bus card can pay a one-way trip fee of $5 in cash each time they ride or use a Wave Card. Payment is given to the bus driver at the time of boarding.

Purchasing a Bus Pass

Students, faculty, and staff can purchase a bus card from Bulldog Service Center in the lower level of Ferris Outfitters in the David L. Eisler Center. Ferris faculty and staff can use payroll deduction as a form of payment.  Service Center hours are

Mon. - Thu., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat. Sun., Closed.

The ID’s require a photo image which is taken at the Bulldog Service Center, so the cards must be purchased and picked up by customers. 

Cards are non-refundable, non-transferable and must be presented upon request. Fraudulent use of cards will result in disciplinary action. There is a $25 replacement cost for lost or stolen cards.

For more information on cards or to purchase one, call Bulldog Service Center at (231) 591-2648.

Financial Aid Assistance

Financial Aid award packages do include commuter cost for students who do not live on campus. FAQs related to financial aid for bus service.

Cost-to-Drive Calculator

The Rapid’s Commute Cost Calculator can help determine how much you spend annually driving from Grand Rapids to Ferris’ Big Rapids campus to attend classes or work.

Bus Capacity

The 40-foot commuter bus has a seating capacity of 40 passengers and standing room for approximately 20 passengers. There is no restroom on board. There is a bike rack with capacity for two bikes. The bus can accommodate two wheelchair riding passengers and potentially a third if the passenger can store the chair and ride in a bus seat. Strollers are allowed, but must be folded up. Passengers are required to follow The Rapid’s rules for riding.

Feedback

Ferris State University is committed to providing the best possible bus service at a reasonable cost. Your feedback is very important. Please share service concerns or suggestions for improvements at (231) 591-5402 or [email protected]

Lost and Found

Passengers who leave something behind on the bus should complete The Rapid “Lost and Found” form on The Rapid website.

COVID-19 Updates

For information on how The Rapid is working to provide the safest possible public transportation service to the community, check out The Rapid’s COVID-19 page.

Vehicle Cleaning Procedures

  • Nightly steam cleaning of vehicles is achieved with an approved antiseptic agent on all surfaces throughout the entire vehicle interior
  • The temperature for this cleaning is 300 degrees Fahrenheit - a disinfectant is applied to the interior of the bus, then steam cleaning occurs
  • Additional cleaning of buses during service (between runs) occurs at Rapid Central Station and Kentwood Station from 6:00am to 10:00am and from 2:00pm to 6:00pm (peak times) - cleaning personnel at the station locations focus disinfectant wiping on all high-contact surfaces
  • Deep cleaning on all buses in our fleet (rolling schedule of 10 buses per week)

In addition, The Rapid supplies personal protective equipment to all bus operators including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, and they’ve implemented policies to conduct daily temperature checks and health screenings for all employees reporting to work.