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Bus routes resume in Grand Rapids; ridership still limited

Wave card being used on a bus in Grand Rapids
Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio

Bus service is expanding in Grand Rapids, to meet an expected rise in ridership as more people venture out of their homes.

The Rapid bus service cut back on its routes in March, then increased frequency of a handful of high-demand routes in April to allow for social distancing on the bus.

Starting Tuesday, service will resume on all but one route in the city, though most routes won’t be running as often on weekdays as they did before the pandemic.

“This summer service schedule is designed to prioritize health and safety while accommodating essential transportation needs with expected increases in ridership, and supporting overall regional economic recovery,” The Rapid said in a statement announcing the changes.

The Rapid says it will cap ridership at 15 people per bus, and it will continue to disinfect buses daily.

It’s asking for all riders to continue wearing masks on the bus, if they are medically able.

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Public’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Public since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom.
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