The Interurban Transit Partnership was formed in 2000 to operate a public transportation system (“The Rapid”) for the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and surrounding communities. Based in the City of Grand Rapids, The Rapid also provides transportation service to the cities of East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming with limited service to Alpine Township, Cascade Township, Byron Township, and Gaines Township. In 2017, 11.5 million trips were made on The Rapid by commuters, visitors, and community members. In addition to its 28 fixed bus routes, it provides demand response services for people with disabilities, as well as car and vanpooling programs for community members living outside its fixed-route service area. Only four years after its creation, The Rapid received the 2004 “Outstanding Public Transportation Systems Award” from the American Public Transportation Association.
On November 7, 2017 the voters of the six-city partnership renewed the local operating millage for a period of twelve years. Shortly thereafter the Rapid and its local ATU union entered a three contract. On January 31, 2018 the Rapid received a construction grant award from the Federal Transit Administration for a construction grant of $56,0000,000 for the construction of the east-west Laker Line Bus Rapid Transit Line which will intersect with the north-south Silverline BRT line which went into service in 2014.
The Rapid is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and operates under Michigan Public Act 196. The Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the six municipalities served by The Rapid, including five from Grand Rapids and two each from East Grand Rapids, Grandville, Kentwood, Walker, and Wyoming.
Grand Rapids sits on the Grand River and is Michigan’s second-largest city. Historically known as a manufacturing hub, Grand Rapids now boasts a vibrant community of sports, arts, tourism, and industry while maintaining its small-city feel. The Rapid is vital to supporting the region’s economy and community. Its values and beliefs align with those of the community to foster inclusivity, growth, and opportunity.
SCOPE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) is responsible for overseeing The Rapid’s daily operations and for shaping and leading the Authority’s strategic long-term vision as well as any planned expansions. The Rapid and its Board of Directors are committed to ensuring that the organization is planning to meet future needs of the community by providing increased transportation options while not compromising the quality of service currently being delivered on a daily basis. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully managing a large, complex, and diverse organization that operates to provide the highest quality of service to its customers. The CEO must possess outstanding leadership and business skills as well as strong financial management, strategic planning, public relations, community relations, and governmental relations skills.
The Rapid’s CEO will be an integral leader in enhancing transportation options in the Grand Rapids region. Elected officials, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders expect the next CEO to lead a team of transit professionals who are capable of identifying and launching innovative transportation solutions to improve mobility and provide greater access to the region which will in turn lead to smart growth, increased business opportunities, jobs, and economic development. It will also provide greater access to existing jobs that are not currently transit accessible.
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