CORONAVIRUS

Cedar Rapids buses to increase capacity on Monday

15 passengers will be allowed; riders must continue to wear face coverings

People wait for the bus at the Ground Transportation Center on May 18 in Cedar Rapids. On Monday, Cedar Rapids Transit i
People wait for the bus at the Ground Transportation Center on May 18 in Cedar Rapids. On Monday, Cedar Rapids Transit is increasing the maximum number of rides on each bus from 10 to 15, Riders must wear a mask or other face covering. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — City buses will be able to transport more riders Monday, when buses begin operating at half capacity, increasing the maximum number of passengers from 10 to 15 per bus.

Cedar Rapids Transit buses will continue to be operate from 5:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hourly service on all routes except for Route 5, which will run in 15-minute intervals.

Weekday peak service and Saturday service remain unavailable, as they have been since May when the service resumed operations after halting for almost two months to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Many residents have expressed their appreciation for resuming bus service, and riders are following mask requirements, social distancing, and capacity limits,” Transit Manager Brad DeBrower said in a news release.

He said daily ridership is slowly increase, with “more trips” reaching the 10-passenger capacity, requiring the use of standby buses more frequently.

Bus rides are still free. Passengers are asked to continue entering and exiting the bus through the back door. Those with an accessibility issue may enter using the front door.

Riders are also required to wear face coverings — masks, bandannas, neck gaiters or scarves — on the bus or in the Ground Transportation Center.

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Passengers must wait outside the Ground Transportation Center, but will have access to the restrooms and the information booth.

The city still encourages riders to limit bus use to essential trips, such as rides to work, the grocery store or medical appointments.

Neighborhood Transportation Service at Horizons and Linn County LIFTS will continue to provide services to fill transportation gaps.

Comments: (319) 398-8494; marissa.payne@thegazette.com

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