Cedar Rapids Transit Increasing Service Capacity To 50 Percent
As more of Iowa reopens today, the City of Cedar Rapids announces their bus service is making more adjustments by increasing limited capacity from 10 passengers to 15 per bus starting Monday, June 15. According to the Gazette, this takes ridership capacity to 50 percent.
A press release said "transit service will continue to be available on weekdays, Monday through Friday from 5:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with hourly service on all routes except for Route 5, which will run in 15-minute intervals. There is no weekday peak service or Saturday service at this time."
Fares have not been collected since service resumed in May to limit passenger and driver interaction and contact, and that continues to be the case, as will entrance being limited to the back door of all buses, except for those passengers needing ADA-compliant accommodations.
Two more things NOT changing: please wear a mask and only use service for required trips to and from work, grocery shopping, medical appointments or other essential travel.
Brad DeBrower is the city transit director, and said via release that "many residents have expressed their appreciation for resuming bus service, and riders are following mask requirements, social distancing, and capacity limits". He also stated that most routes have quickly reached the 10-passenger limit and felt confident that a slight increase in service to accommodate them at this time was safe based on the public's willingness to follow safety and social distancing guidelines up to this point.