I live just outside of Grand Rapids city limits. It takes me 15 mins to drive to downtown grand rapids. It takes me 20 mins to find a parking spot. It would take me an hour to take the bus. so by driving myself I save 25 mins.
I think there should be a free park and ride taking people quickly downtown. We could set it up off 131 (36th street has a lot that used to be for GM employees- although it doesn't have to be there if anyone knows of a different lot) the bus would pick people up, go straight downtown and drop them off. People wouldn't need to find a parking spot downtown, and it would only take 15 mins to get there.