(WXYZ) — The Detroit-Ann Arbor express bus service will be suspended starting April 1 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The service, called D2A2, started running earlier this month betwen the two cities.
Initial ridership showed promise before the pandemic, but as schools, businesses and entertainment closed, ridership started falling.
“We initially reduced service on March 30th in response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to stay home to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, after further review we’ve concluded that suspending this service until further notice is appropriate,” Matt Webb, RTA General Manager said. “Unlike more established routes provided by DDOT, SMART and AAATA, D2A2 has not been in service long enough to build a strong customer base,” added Webb. “We have been encouraged by the demand we initially experienced, and therefore we look forward to resume D2A2 service when the demand for more regular use is expected.”
The RTA, TheRide, and D2A2’s transportation provider, Michigan Flyer want to remind the community of helpful tips to stop the spread of COVID-19:
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Stay home when you are sick, if possible. This helps prevent spreading your illness to others
· Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
· Wash your hands often to help keep germs away. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
· Maintain social distancing guidelines
· Reduce travel to essential trips only
Regular updates regarding the D2A2 service will be provided on www.d2a2.com.
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