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GRAND RAPIDS — The Rapid is reducing its transportation service schedule starting Tuesday, March 24 in an effort to minimize exposure to the coronavirus.
The Grand Rapids metro public transportation service said Sunday it would only be running select routes and will be limiting service to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
In a statement, The Rapid said it tracked travel patterns for the last 10 days in determining the routes and scheduling.
The Silver Line will operate on a 30-minute schedule. The following routes will run on an hourly schedule:
- 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)
Other routes include Route 50, the GVSU Campus Connector, which will operate on 50-minute service, and Route 85, the GVSU Campus Circulator, which will operate on 25-minute service.
The free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) will continue to operate its West route in 15-minute intervals and the North route on 20-minute intervals from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
The Rapid said it has implemented remote working for all employees and has a plan to cover employee benefits and income “for as long as financially feasible.”
“Part of this plan includes potential temporary layoffs that may be necessary in order to maintain a level of minimum public transportation service and reduce exposure to COVID-19,” The Rapid said in a statement.
EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: This story has been updated to reflect adjustments to service announced by The Rapid on Monday afternoon.