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Video: The Rapid COO describes how Walker ballot proposal affects service

November 6, 2012
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Video: The Rapid COO describes how Walker ballot proposal affects service
The Rapid’s operations are overseen by a 15-member board of directors that represents the transit authority’s six member cities and service area. Photo via fb.com

The board of the public transit authority that operates buses in Grand Rapids and five other cities has heard staff testimony on how service would be affected by a yes or no vote on today’s Walker ballot proposal.

Brian Pouget, The Rapid’s chief operating officer, addressed the ballot proposal asking Walker residents if they’d like the city to withdraw as a member of The Rapid. Pouget’s comments came at the board’s regular meeting last week. The Rapid — or Interurban Transit Partnership — operates buses and administers West Michigan Rideshare car, van and bike-pooling services.

The group Walker YES! contends The Rapid “has been treating Walker taxpayers as a piggybank for expensive and wasteful projects in Grand Rapids” such as the Silver Line, according to www.walkeryes.org.

The group Friends of Transit/Walker asserts a yes vote on the ballot proposal would result in ”essential public transit” being eliminated for “seniors, workers, students and all Walker residents who rely on transit to stay connected,” according to www.keepwalkerconnected.org.

Pouget’s speech is below.

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