Rapid bus speeding down US 131 caught on camera by citizen

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KENT COUNTY, Mich. -- A Kent County man recorded a GO!Bus from The Rapid driving in excess of 80 miles per hour down southbound US 131, this week.

The man, who asked to be identified as Rob, admitted he was already driving a little faster than the speed limit. Rob said that's why the bus's speed stood out to him.

"I  sped up to pace the vehicle, and that's when I started filming it to get how fast he's going off of my speedometer," he recalled.

Rob said no one should drive that fast and reckless, especially in a commercial vehicle. He felt the driver should be held accountable.

In a statement to FOX 17 on Tuesday, The Rapid said the following:

"We were made aware of this situation yesterday and had already initiated an investigation with MV Transportation, the contracted service provider for the GO!Bus service. Based on vehicle tracking capabilities, the vehicle was speeding and at times reached 85 miles per hour on the highway. We expect MV drivers to follow the same safety standards as our Rapid bus operators, including following all posted speed limits, and have made this clear to MV management.  We are awaiting their response." Jennifer Kalczuk, External Relations Manager

On Wednesday, private contractor MV Transportation issued this statement:

"At MV Transportation, the safety of our riders, employees and the general public is our number one priority. When this incident was brought to our attention, we immediately removed the driver from service and began an internal investigation. As a result, the driver has been disciplined and is being retrained on our safety and driver protocols, including supervised on-the-road observation. All drivers have been reminded to observe and obey all speed limit signs, and the video of this speeding incident is now being used in all driver training and retraining classes." Nikki Frenney, VP of Communications

FOX 17 reached out to the Grand Rapids Police Department for a law enforcement perspective on the video. The department said the person recording the bus put himself and others at risk. It's an example of distracted driving. Instead of recording the speeding bus, the driver should have called the local police department and the organization.

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6 comments

  • g

    and don’t these guys haul kids to school and such, gee we better tell him he was bad and make him read a pamphlet, great job guys, way to do nothing

  • Bob

    What a laugh.

    We expect MV drivers to follow the same safety standards as our Rapid bus operators.

    That is why the guy thought it was alright to go over the speed limit.

    I use to ride the Silver Line in an effort to go green. More than half of the Silver Line drivers go down Division at well over 50 miles an hour. We were passing cars in the center lain like they were standing still. I don’t understand how the GRATA keeps their buses together. Their drivers never miss running over a curb on a turn. What a bunch of hacks.

    I stopped ridding the bus and went back to driving myself.

    I feel sorry for anyone who has to ride the bus.

  • FreedomBreeder

    You have nothing else to do then record a bus driving down the road?
    Also, GET OFF YOU GD PHONE while your driving!

  • Bh

    I see buses driving crazier than car drivers all over the city. I’ve seen them “push” cars out of their way. I’ve seen them disregard other drivers and simply pull out into traffic. I’ve seen them cruising well above the city speed limits. Many times I wished I had a dash cam to catch them. They drive like they are above the law. And it seems like they are.

  • Ken Tanner

    I have only lived in Grand Rapids for two years, but in that time I have come to the conclusion that the Rapid is very likely the worst run public transportation system in the country. I honestly have no idea how they manage to stay afloat financially, nor do I understand why the city allows them to continue operating in such a slipshod, planning-by-impulse manner. I grew up in Boston, and have lived in the DC area as well as Philadelphia. For work I have travelled to many major cities in this country as well as Europe, and relied on public transportation in all of these places. Yes, DC’s Metro system is as bad as they say. But the Rapid here in GR is quite honestly a very unfunny joke. I can not think of one thing about it that it can be complimented on. The system itself is poorly designed, the company is run with no discipline whatsoever, there is no subcontractor accountability, security doesn’t exist.

    Rather than calling them to the mat on these things, the city seems content to not just allow the Rapid to do “whatever”, but to support and encourage it in over-spending and under-providing.

    Public transportation systems can only run affordably if they are designed efficiently. The most basic, and therefore the most financially affordable public transit systems ALL start with a loop. This loop defines the transit area, and allows people to be moved from one side of the city to the other without causing traffic congestion in the middle. There are usually two main “spokes” bisecting the loop, allowing people from each quadrant to get into the city center easily. That is where you start, and then you add spokes and other routes later as needed and as you can afford them.

  • Justin Case

    ……And yet “ROB” was driving with his TPMS light on. Indicating one or more of his tires was low on air pressure. So, that’s real safe on the highway!