The Rapid reduces bus service

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The Rapid has shortened its operations and service to minimize exposure risks of COVID-19. Photo via fb.com

The Rapid has shortened its operations and service to minimize exposure risks of COVID-19.

Effective as of Tuesday, The Rapid implemented a reduced service schedule. Changes also are being posted on The Rapid’s website and social media channels, as well as through rider alert tools.

Service will run seven days per week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Only the routes listed below will be in operation:

  • Silver Line
  • Route 1 (Division)
  • Route 2 (Kalamazoo)
  • Route 4 (Eastern)
  • Route 6 (Eastown/Woodland)
  • Route 7 (West Leonard)
  • Route 8 (Grandville/Rivertown Crossing)
  • Route 9 (Alpine)
  • Route 10 (Clyde Park)
  • Route 11 (Plainfield)
  • Route 13 (Michigan Fuller – North)
  • Route 15 (East Leonard)
  • Route 16 (Wyoming Metro Health Village)
  • Route 28 (28th Street)
  • Route 50 (GVSU Campus Connector)
  • Route 85 (GVSU Campus Circulator)
  • DASH West

Route 50 will operate on 50-minute service seven days per week from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Route 85 will operate on 25-minute service. And DASH West will run on 30-minute service on weekdays only. All other routes will run on 60-minute service.

DASH North will not be operating during this service reduction. The revised schedule will remain in place until further notice.

The Rapid has implemented remote work procedures for all employees and has a short-term plan in place for employees to preserve health care benefits and income for as long as financially feasible.

Part of this plan includes potential temporary layoffs that may be necessary to maintain a level of minimum public transportation service and reduce exposure to COVID-19.

The Rapid said it is monitoring current legislative developments at the federal level, including a potential emergency relief package for public transit. Depending on the outcome of this legislative package, funding may become available to avoid workforce reductions.

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