The Rapid

The Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP) or “The Rapid” is the public transportation system serving the six municipalities in the greater Grand Rapids metro area. INIT's execution of an account-based smart card and mobile ticketing solution on The Rapid's fixed-route lines is expected to improve the service offerings. The Rapid provides over 12 million rides annually and was twice named the Outstanding Public Transportation System in North America.

Scope of the project





We are excited to offer this new technology to our passengers. It will make riding The Rapid more convenient, make boarding quicker, and allow for better fare analytics.

Peter Varga

The Rapid’s CEO

Project at a glance

  • Regional account-based electronic fare collection system
  • Real-time fare validators
  • Open APIs for integration with 3rd parties
  • Supports all fare media including open payments (for planned Open Payments phase-in)
  • Future use of contactless (NFC) validation
  • Revenue recognition and sharing software
  • Consumer and institutional support web pages
  • Web-based statistics software for analysis and reporting of fare collection, ridership and other information


INIT Innovations in Transportation Inc.

424 Network Station
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: +1 757 413 9100
Fax: +1 757 413 5019