GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sunday evening, The Rapid announced that in order to minimize exposure risk to COVID-19, they will be implementing a service schedule seven days a week, effective on Tuesday, March 24. This schedule will remain until further notice and can be found on The Rapid's website here.
The reduced schedule was put in place with the goal of continuing to provide crucial transit to medical destinations including local hospitals, pharmacies, grocery services and employment centers for individuals looking for work. Core ridership positions and travel patterns have been analyzed by The Rapid over the past 10 days, ensuring that it matches current demand to the best of The Rapid's ability.
Schedule details are as follows:
-Service will run seven days per week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Only the routes listed here will be in operation. The following routes will be running on 60-minute (hourly) service:
■ 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) will operate on 50-minute service seven days per week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-Route 85 (GVSU Campus Circulator) will operate on 25-minute service seven days per week from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
-DASH West will run on 30-minute (half-hour) service from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays only (Monday - Friday) ○ DASH North will not run during this service reduction
In addition to the new schedule, 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 enforced to maintain a level of minimum public transportation service and reduce exposure to COVID-19.