Parking and Public Transit

With KCAD being located in a vibrant downtown area, it's a good idea to scope out your public transit and parking options before planning a visit to our campus or starting your first semester.

Public Transit

The Rapid

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Wide-reaching buses on 25+ routes serving the greater Grand Rapids metro area


One time cost of $3 to issue a Rapid WAVE bus pass, each ride after that is FREE

Learn more about The Rapid

The DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle)

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Quick, downtown-only shuttle with 2 main routes and longer running hours



Learn more about The DASH

Shuttle 100 (connecting Grand Rapids and Big Rapids)

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Express bus line between Grand Rapids and Big Rapids (Ferris State University main campus) with four daily departures


$5 for each one-way ride, or $480 per semester for unlimited rides



Student Parking Options

DASH Lots 7 or 9 - KCAD leases a small number of parking spaces from the City of Grand Rapids. Cards are available for $192 per semester plus a $20 security deposit. The deposit will be refunded once the card is returned to the KCAD Student Services Office, as long as you do not owe money to the College. The DASH shuttle bus drops off a block from KCAD, outside of the Tupelo Honey restaurant located in the ground floor of the downtown Hyatt hotel.

View the DASH Map

Visitor Parking

We recommend parking in the Grand Rapids city ramp just west of the KCAD campus (there are entrances on both Ionia and Pearl Streets.) This ramp is right next door to our campus.

Other parking options

  • St. Marks Episcopal Church, 134 N Division Ave – $12 per day or $175 per month (if you park over 15 days in a month). Contact Pam Stevenson at 616.456.1684.
  • DASH Area 7 & 9: Pay $4.00 per day. Debit/Credit cards and exact cash accepted at exit. You pull a ticket coming in and pay when you leave. Area 7 fills up early and may be full for this option, so Area 9 may be a better choice. Take the free shuttle bus to get to KCAD.
  • City of Grand Rapids: Mobile GR. The website for downtown parking options.