Yes, The Rapid’s buses operate 91% empty

The one statistic that creates the most controversy when we point it out is the fact that The Rapid’s buses operate, on average, about 90% empty. The Rapid’s supporters (including the Grand Rapids Press uncritically regurgitating misleading data released by The Rapid) do everything they could to “refute” this number, but the fact is that…

Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the Curtain

Two staff members at The Rapid have responded to our “Myths vs. Facts” report. When reading through it, we’re reminded of the phrase from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her companions are frightened by the display of power from the almighty Wizard, and then they’re told to pay no attention to that man…

Earth Day Bombshell: The Rapid is a Massive Polluter

In honor of Earth Day 2011, ITP Watch is releasing the results of our analysis of The Rapid’s environmental impact. The Rapid and its supporters have long justified repeated tax increase requests by pointing to The Rapid’s environmental benefit. For example, The Rapid’s web site, under the “The Rapid & the Environment” page, says the…

The Rapid: Worst Transparency Record in the County

This week the non-partisan Kent County Open Government Project released their first annual survey of local government openness. Each major unit of government in Kent County was rated based on the amount of information made available to the public through its web site. The survey looked for important transparency topics such as availability of contact…