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Rapid to review non-profit pricing, student passes

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Two proposed pilot programs would make Rapid transit tickets more cost-effective for certain agencies and students.

If approved, the proposals create lower-cost options for non-profits serving homeless or low-income clients, and semester bus passes for students and staff at Grand Rapids Community College.

The move for reduced-cost fares is meant to lessen the financial burden for agencies that purchase rides for clients, and follows across-the-board increases approved by Rapid leadership earlier this year.

It includes single-trip tickets priced at $1.35 peach, with set limits of how many can be sold. 

Officials say the GRCC pass is a way to test demand for students, faculty and staff using or interested in regular use of the Rapid bus line.

Passes would cost $130 per semester and be sold through the college.

Both items are proposed for one-year trial periods, and are up for review at Wednesday's board meeting.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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