The Rapid will keep moving through Walker | News
WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) - The proposal to end the Interurban Transit Partnership in Walker was overwhelmingly voted down by residents Tuesday.
The "Walker Yes!" campaign wanted to stop Rapid bus service with the city in hopes of reducing property taxes. But the measure failed, with 8,269 votes to 3,028 votes.
The group "Keep Walker Connected" says bus service is vital for those who can't drive. They celebrated their victory at a restaurant in Walker Tuesday night.
"I worked with the senior citizens and they use the bus everyday and without the Rapid, they would be lost. I am so thankful we wanted to keep the community going," said Walker City Commissioner Cyndy Stek.
"The next step is to obviously keep pushing for improvements in the transit system overall, as well as bringing more accountability and fiscal responsibility to it," said Walker Yes! Chairman Ben Reisterer.
The Rapid currently serves six communities, including Grand Rapids, Walker and four Kent County townships.